A fundamental improvement to Ericksen-Leslie kinematics

@article{Pourmatin2012AFI,
  title={A fundamental improvement to Ericksen-Leslie kinematics},
  author={Hossein Pourmatin and Amit Acharya and Kaushik Dayal},
  journal={arXiv: Soft Condensed Matter},
  year={2012}
}
We demonstrate theory and computations for finite-energy line defect solutions in an improvement of Ericksen-Leslie liquid crystal theory. Planar director fields are considered in two and three space dimensions, and we demonstrate straight as well as loop disclination solutions. The possibility of static balance of forces in the presence of a disclination and in the absence of flow and body forces is discussed. The work exploits an implicit conceptual connection between the Weingarten-Volterra… 
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