24 - 28 June 2013
Organisers: Oleg Lavrentovich (Kent State University), Tom Lubensky (University of Pennsylvania), Antonio de Simone (SISSA) and Mark Warner University of Cambridge.in association with the Newton Institute programme
Typically described by their well-ordered structures, liquid crystal phases were first identified and even named by their topological defects. The rich interplay between geometry, topology, and optics is ubiquitous through all liquid crystals . We will discuss their characterisation, and also their essential appearance in complex systems such as colloidal liquid crystals and in blue phases. Their exploitation in templating complex structures, and their special character in non-simple spaces (such as those with Gaussian curvature) will also be examined.
In parallel, the workshop is concerned with solid liquid crystals, both elastomers where the director remains mobile, and glasses where the director is pinned to the material frame. The unique mechanics of solid liquid crystals, and its connection with techniques of quasi-convexification first exploited in Martensites, is an active area of research. Mechanics connects with the defects theme since topological defects in LC solids, on illumination or temperature change, cause changes in Gaussian curvature or topology. These consequences, and those when nematics become active, will also be explored.
This workshop will bring together experts in all the above fields, to compare and contrast the various themes, to discuss topical and future problems and methods of their solution, and to explore possible applications.
Invited speakers include:
The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, refreshments, reception, conference dinner and lunches on the days that the lectures take place but does not include other meals or accommodation.
The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Churchill College from the evening of Sunday 23 June 2013 to breakfast on Saturday 29 June 2013, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place. The conference dinner is also included.
Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as Visiting Fellows, programme participants or their guests, the above charge will apply.
Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.
Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.
The Conference Dinner will take place at 19:30 on Wednesday 26 June at Lucy Cavendish College. Dress is smart casual. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. All remaining participants are encouraged to attend for the price of £40 each.
If you are on the dinner list please ensure you arrive by 19:15 at the College. A copy of the menu will be available on the registration desk.