Modelling smectics in confined geometries

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Abstract

We examine a continuum theory for smectic liquid crystals which allows some variation in the smectic layer spacing as well as the director tilt. The theory can model configurations beyond the scope of a constant director tilt approach. Two applications of the continuum description are discussed. The first models equilibrium configurations of a planar smectic C cell, where a variation in layer spacing occurs due to homeotropic type ordering on the boundary plates. Secondly, we employ the theory to examine the bookshelf and chevron structures which can form as a liquid crystal is cooled into the smectic phases.
LanguageEnglish
Pages115-122
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
Volume119
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

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  • confined geometries
  • continuum theories
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In: Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 119, No. 1-3, 05.2004, p. 115-122.

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