Duality between the dynamics of line-like brushes of point defects in 2D and strings in 3D in liquid crystals.

Abstract

We analyze the dynamics of dark brushes connecting point vortices of strength ±1 formed in the isotropic-nematic phase transition of a thin layer of nematic liquid crystals, using a crossed polarizer set up. The evolution of the brushes is seen to be remarkably similar to the evolution of line defects in a three-dimensional nematic liquid crystal system… (More)
DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/25/40/404204

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