Sharp-Interface Nematic–Isotropic Phase Transitions without Flow

@article{Cermelli2004SharpInterfaceNP,
  title={Sharp-Interface Nematic–Isotropic Phase Transitions without Flow},
  author={P. Cermelli and E. Fried and M. Gurtin},
  journal={Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis},
  year={2004},
  volume={174},
  pages={151-178}
}
Abstract.We derive a supplemental evolution equation for an interface between the nematic and isotropic phases of a liquid crystal when flow is neglected. Our approach is based on the notion of configurational force. As an application, we study the behavior of a spherical isotropic drop surrounded by a radially oriented nematic phase: our supplemental evolution equation then reduces to a simple ordinary differential equation admitting a closed-form solution. In addition to describing many… Expand

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