PDE Seminar Stable solutions of a variational model for bentcore liquid crystals

Date
2008-06-20 16:30 - 2008-06-20 17:30
Place
Faculty of Science Building #8 Room 309
Speaker/Organizer
Patricia Bauman (Department of Mathematics, Purdue University)
 
We present a nonlinear variational model for bent-core(banana-shaped) liquid crystals with energy terms includingpolarization, smectic and chiral effects, elasticity, andsurface tension. We analyze stable solutions in a physicallyrealistic regime involving a free boundary problem for theenergy and the existence of a limiting-energy minimizer.

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