Defects in nematic membranes can buckle into pseudospheres.

@article{Frank2008DefectsIN,
  title={Defects in nematic membranes can buckle into pseudospheres.},
  author={John R. Frank and M. Kardar},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  year={2008},
  volume={77 4 Pt 1},
  pages={
          041705
        }
}
  • John R. Frank, M. Kardar
  • Published 2008
  • Materials Science, Medicine, Physics
  • Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Many factors influence the shapes of living and manufactured membranes. In addition to boundary conditions, surface tension, and curvature, the ordering of particles embedded in or attached to a membrane can strongly influence its equilibrium shape. As a simple model of such ordering, we consider rodlike particles that align to form a so-called nematic phase in the plane of the membrane. We call any sheet with such embedded orientational order a nematic membrane. Nematic membranes can occur in… Expand
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