Elastic forces on nematic points defects

E.C. Gartland, A.M. Sonnet, E.G. Virga

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We present a general method to compute the elastic forces exerted on nematic point defects: these are the forces that set defects in motion, and so they are especially relevant to defect dynamics, a subject which is recently attracting much interest. These forces are mediated by the distortion introduced by defects in the director field; for example, they are responsible for the attraction between defects of opposite topological charge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-319
Number of pages12
JournalContinuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • elastic forces
  • nematic point defects


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