CRM Applied Math Seminar -- On the study of singularities of mathematical models for liquid crystals

11/30/2015 - 15:00
11/30/2015 - 16:00
Speaker: 
Lia Bronsard (McMaster University)
Location: 
Burnside Hall, Rm. 920 (McGill University)
Abstract: 

The mathematical analysis of liquid crystal models is difficult, as can be seen by their close relationship to the study of singularities for harmonic maps. In this talk, I will present several mathematical models used to study liquid crystals, as well as the connection with classical results on harmonic maps. I will then present new results on energy minimizing configurations of a nematic liquid crystal around a spherical colloid particle in the context of the Landau de-Gennes energy. The Landau de-Gennes model allows for a greater variety of singularities than is allowed in the Oseen-Frank model, which is related to harmonic maps with values in the unit sphere. 

 

 

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