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Satisfaction of the eigenvalue constraints on the $Q$-tensor

Presented by: 
J Ball University of Oxford
Monday 18th March 2013 - 09:00 to 09:50
INI Seminar Room 1
We discuss how Onsager theory with the Maier-Saupe interaction leads naturally to a bulk free energy depending on the $Q$-tensor that blows up as the minimum eigenvalue $\lambda_{\rm min}(Q)\rightarrow -1/3$, using methods closely related to those of Katriel, Kventsel, Luckhurst and Sluckin (1986). With this bulk energy, and in the one constant approximation for the elastic energy, it is shown that for suitable boundary conditions, minimizers $Q$ of the total free energy for a nematic liquid crystal filling a region $\Omega$ satisfy the physical requirement that $\inf_{x\in\Omega}\lambda_{\rm min}(Q(x))>-1/3$.
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Presentation Material: 
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons