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Kickback in nematic liquid crystals


Authors: F. P. da Costa, M. Grinfeld, M. Langer, N. J. Mottram and J. T. Pinto
Journal: Quart. Appl. Math. 70 (2012), 99-110
MSC (2000): Primary 34D15, 35Q72; Secondary 76A15, 82D30
Published electronically: September 7, 2011
MathSciNet review: 2920618
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Abstract: 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.


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F. P. da Costa
Affiliation: Departamento de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Aberta, Rua da Escola Politécnica, 141, P-1269-001 Lisboa, Portugal, and Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry and Dynamical Systems, Instituto Superior Técnico, TU Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, P-1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Email: fcosta@univ-ab.pt

M. Grinfeld
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XH, United Kingdom
Email: m.grinfeld@strath.ac.uk

M. Langer
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XH, United Kingdom
Email: m.langer@strath.ac.uk

N. J. Mottram
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XH, United Kingdom
Email: n.j.mottram@strath.ac.uk

J. T. Pinto
Affiliation: Departamento de Matemática, Instituto Superior Técnico, TU Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, P-1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal, and Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry and Dynamical Systems, Instituto Superior Técnico, TU Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, P-1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Email: jpinto@math.ist.utl.pt

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0033-569X-2011-01265-5
PII: S 0033-569X(2011)01265-5
Keywords: Nematic liquid crystals, kickback, singular perturbations, nonlocal operators
Received by editor(s): June 10, 2010
Published electronically: September 7, 2011
Article copyright: © Copyright 2011 Brown University



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