Point and Line Singularities in Liquid Crystals

  • Robert M. Hardt
Part of the Progress in Nonlinear Differential Equations and Their Applications book series (PNLDE, volume 4)


A liquid crystal is generally understood to be a mesomorphic state of matter which flows like a liquid and which exhibits some anisotropic behavior. See [E], [EK], [C], [DG]. The liquid crystal phase usually lies between a solid phase and an isotropic liquid phase with phase transition being induced by temperature change. A static model typically involves a kinematic variable n(x), called the director, which is a unit vector defined for x in a spatial region Ω.


Liquid Crystal Nematic Liquid Crystal Line Singularity Partial Regularity Unique Continuation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Hardt
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  1. 1.Mathematics DepartmentRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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