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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 1997
Keywords: nematic liquid crystals, defects, topology


Local EPrints ID: 29564
ISSN: 1542-1406
PURE UUID: 96315464-5546-49bc-b5f0-d83ef84c3b19
ORCID for T.J. Sluckin: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 02 May 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:57

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Author: P. Biscari
Author: P. Guidone Peroli
Author: T.J. Sluckin ORCID iD

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