Elastic Instability and Stripe Domains in Liquid Crystalline Elastomers

Abstract

We consider the elastic and orientational response of a uniform nematic elastomer subjected to an extension perpendicular to its director. By allowing a possibility of local shear in the material, we show that the effect of "soft elasticity" leads to a new regime of director reorientation, through a highly non-uniform stripe domain state (in contrast to… (More)

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