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Tuesday, April 14th 2015
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Chris Conklin
Subject: Hydrodynamics of Liquid Crystals

I will discuss the formulation of the hydrodynamic equations for liquid crystals, both in a traditional way [1,2] and using Onsager’s variational principle [3, 4]. I will then discuss a modification of these equations to account for ion impurities and describe the qualitative effect of these changes.
[1] M. Kleman and O. D. Lavrentovich, Soft Matter Physics (Springer, New York, 2003).
[2] S. Groot and P. Mazur, Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1963).
[3] M. Doi, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 23, 284118 (2011).
[4] F. M. Leslie, Contin. Mech. Thermodyn. 4, 167 (1992).

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