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Second-grade nematic fluids and Nematoacoustics Seminar

15 January 2013
Building 54 Room 8033

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Seminar from the Computational Modelling Group

Second-grade nematic fluids and Nematoacoustics

There is plenty of experimental evidence that the propagation of an ultrasonic wave in a nematic liquid crystal affects the director n, which represents the average molecular orientation, thus producing detectable optical effects. There have been several attempts to explain these observations on the basis of a coherent variational theory. We present here a general theory for nematoacoustics that incorporates flow effects. Applications of the proposed theory are also provided.

First, an explicit application to a simple computable case is given in order to estimate phenomenological parameters involved in the theory and by using available experimental data. In particular, propagation of plane waves is considered via linearization of the governing equations stemming from the general theory. Second, we introduce the equations that have been derived from the basic theory and that govern the nematoacoustic streaming in liquid crystals. Third, travelling wave solutions are also shown in a simple one-dimensional model. Finally, we sketch the solution for the so-called Freedericks transition by considering the coupling with an electric field.


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Giovanni De Matteis, Department of Mathematics. University of Milan

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