To appreciate the universal qualitative features of defect annihilation in nematic liquid crystals, we study how the viscous force of reorientational dynamics behaves under a transformation that reverses the sign of the defect's topological charge. As an illustration of our general results, we consider a class of point defects that were first studied by A. Saupe. The reorientational viscous forces acting on them differ dramatically from those acting on line defects.
- liquid crystals
- defect dynamics