The topological microstructure of defects in liquid crystals
Biscari, P., Peroli, P. Guidone and Sluckin, T.J. (1997) The topological microstructure of defects in liquid crystals. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 292, (1), 91-101. (doi:10.1080/10587259708031921).
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We study the core of line and point defects in nematic liquid crystals. The topological theory of defects allows us to prove that a uniaxial nematic has two ways to avoid a topologically stable defect: either it melts, by becoming isotropic on the putative defect, or a complex biaxial structure arises, that we describe in the paper.
|Keywords:||nematic liquid crystals, defects, topology|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QA Mathematics
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
|Date Deposited:||02 May 2007|
|Last Modified:||01 Jun 2011 14:11|
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