Axisymmetric configurations of bipolar liquid crystal droplets

Quan Shen, Chun Liu, M. Carme Calderer

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In this paper we discuss bipolar configurations of a nematic liquid crystal droplet. We are interested in, both, fixed spherical domain and free boundary problems. We show the stability of the fixed spherical shape, and the existence of the free boundary configuration in the axisymmetric case. For the latter, we introduce a relaxed energy that is shown to be polyconvex with respect to the fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-375
Number of pages13
JournalContinuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2002


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