We construct an order reconstruction (OR-)type Landau-de Gennes critical point on a square domain of edge length 2λ, motivated by the well order reconstruction solution numerically reported in [S. Kralj and A. Majumdar, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. Ser. A Math. Phys. Eng. Sci., 470 (2014), 20140276]. The OR critical point is distinguished by a uniaxial cross with negative scalar order parameter along the square diagonals. The OR critical point is defined in terms of a saddle-type critical point of an associated scalar variational problem. The OR-type critical point is globally stable for small λ and undergoes a supercritical pitchfork bifurcation in the associated scalar variational setting. We consider generalizations of the OR-type critical point to a regular hexagon, accompanied by numerical estimates of stability criteria of such critical points on both a square and a hexagon in terms of material-dependent constants.
- order reconstruction
- Landau-de Gennes
- gradient flow
- saddle solutions
- supercritical pitchfork bifurcation