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Reorientational dynamics of conjugated nematic point defects

Sonnet, A.M. and Virga, E.G. (2010) Reorientational dynamics of conjugated nematic point defects. Liquid Crystals, 37 (6-7). pp. 785-797. ISSN 0267-8292

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Abstract

To appreciate the universal qualitative features of defect annihilation in nematic liquid crystals, we study how the viscous force of reorientational dynamics behaves under a transformation that reverses the sign of the defect's topological charge. As an illustration of our general results, we consider a class of point defects that were first studied by A. Saupe. The reorientational viscous forces acting on them differ dramatically from those acting on line defects.

Item type: Article
ID code: 28153
Keywords: liquid crystals, defect dynamics, parity, Mathematics, Materials Science(all), Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics
Subjects: Science > Mathematics
Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics
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Depositing user: Mrs Carolynne Westwood
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2010 11:26
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:06
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/28153

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