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Fluctuations and nonlinear elasticity of nematic elastomers

Date: 
Thursday 27th June 2013 - 11:00 to 11:45
Venue: 
Center for Mathematical Sciences
Abstract: 
In this talk, I will first discuss how to describe elastic deformations in systems with partial translational orders and orientational orders. I will then discuss how to incorporate the effects of thermal and quenched fluctuations into elasticity theory. Finally I will address the anomalous elasticity of ideal nematic elastomers in presence of thermal as well as quenched fluctuations.
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University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons