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.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1542-1406 (print)
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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
ePrint ID: 29564
Date Deposited: 02 May 2007
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:29

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