Euler-Poincaré variational principles for liquid crystals

 
When?
Wednesday 22 February 2012, 16:00 to 17:00
Where?
39AA04
Open to:
Staff, Students
Speaker:
Cesare Tronci (Surrey)

Abstract: Liquid crystals are fluids carrying an orientational degree of freedom. Their rotational symmetries can be used to reduce their Lagrangian description. This talk shows how Euler-Poincaré reduction produces a unifying framework for liquid crystal dynamics. As a result, two major liquid crystal theories turn out to be equivalent. Moreover, these theories can be extended to deal with orientational defects, aka disclinations.

Date:
Wednesday 22 February 2012
Time:

16:00 to 17:00


Where?
39AA04
Open to:
Staff, Students
Speaker:
Cesare Tronci (Surrey)