Kickback in nematic liquid crystals

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We describe a nonlocal linear partial differential equation arising in the analysis of dynamics of a nematic liquid crystal. We confirm that it accounts for the kickback phenomenon by decoupling the director dynamics from the flow. We also analyse some of the mathematical properties of the decoupled director equation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-110
Number of pages12
JournalQuarterly of Applied Mathematics
Issue number1
Early online date7 Sept 2011
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • nematic liquid crystals
  • nonlocal operators
  • singular perturbations
  • kickback


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