By Iain W. Stewart

Given the common curiosity in macroscopic phenomena in liquid crystals, stemming from their purposes in screens and units. the necessity has arisen for a rigorous but obtainable textual content compatible for graduate scholars, no matter what their clinical heritage. This e-book satisfies that need.
The technique taken during this textual content, is to introduce the elemental continuum concept for nematic liquid crystals in equilibria, then it proceeds to easy software of this concept- specifically, there's a dialogue of electric and magnetic box results which provide upward thrust to Freedericksz transitions, that are very important in units. this can be via an account of dynamic conception and straight forward viscometry of nemantics Discussions of backflow and flow-induced instabilities also are incorporated. Smetic concept is usually in short brought and summarised with a few examples of equilibrium suggestions in addition to people with dynamic results. a few mathematical suggestions, corresponding to Cartesian tensors and a few variational calculus, are awarded within the appendices.

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