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Hydrodynamics of domain growth in nematic liquid crystals

Abstract:
A study was conducted on the growth of a domain of a nematic liquid crystal at the expense of a second domain with a different director orientation. As such, defects form at the walls between domains and their dynamics was vital in controlling the rate of growth. It was found that a spatial anisotropy in domain growth can result from backflow and discuss how the wall speed varies with the material parameters of the liquid crystal the geometry and the surface properties of the confining cell, and an external electric field.

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Theoretical Physics
Role:
Author
Journal:
Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume:
67
Issue:
5 1
Publication date:
2003-05-05
ISSN:
1063-651X
URN:
uuid:d138cb55-ab69-4909-98d8-93204bab935d
Source identifiers:
365442
Local pid:
pubs:365442
Language:
English

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