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Viscous forces on nematic point defects

Sonnet, A.M. (2005) Viscous forces on nematic point defects. Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 17 (3). pp. 287-295.

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Abstract

The effect of backflow in defect dynamics is assessed by computing the viscous force on point and line defects that move due to reorientation. It is found that defects with a positive winding number are accelerated while defects with a negative winding number are slowed down by the backflow. The results are in agreement with experimental and numerical results for defect annihilation.