Monday, May 22

Liquid Crystals: Mathematical and Numerical Aspects - Part I of III

Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Liberty B

For Part II, see MS13; For Part III, see MS20.

"Liquid Crystal" is the name given to certain mesophases of condensed matter that exhibit properties of both liquids (lack of positional order) and crystals (orientational order). A wide variety of ordered phases are possible, and an equally wide variety of materials are capable of exhibiting some form of liquid-crystal order.This area is rich in structure and phenomena. It is complex, beautiful, and interesting from a scientific point of view, and of high importance in technology and applications.This minisymposium will focus on the mathematical and numerical modeling and analysis of a variety of problems arising in the physics of liquid crystals, with an emphasis on continuum models for equilibria, defects, phase transitions, and flow phenomena.

Organizers: Maria-Carme Calderer
Pennsylvania State University, USA
Eugene C. Gartland, Jr.
Kent State University, USA
10:00-10:25 The Phase Transition Between Nematic and Smectic A Liquid Crystals
Patricia E. Bauman, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
10:30-10:55 On Ericksen-Leslie Type of Theories in Liquid Crystals
Chun Liu, Pennsylvania State University, USA
11:00-11:25 Spatially Nonhomogeneous Structures in Flows of Liquid Crystal Polymers
Qi Wang, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA
11:30-11:55 Mathematical Modeling of Chiral Smectic Liquid Crystals
Maria-Carme Calderer, Organizer

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