Some Analytic Properties of a Singular Potential in the Laudau-de Gennes Theory for Liquid Crystals

 Speaker: Xiang Xu (Old Dominion University)

The Landau-de Gennes theory is a type of continuum theory that describes nematic liquid crystal configurations in the framework of the Q-tensor order parameter. In the free energy, there is a singular bulk potential which is considered as a natural enforcement of a physical constraint on the eigenvalues of symmetric, traceless Q-tensors. In this talk we shall discuss some analytic properties related to this singular potential.

Time: October 30, 2020 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Virtually via Zoom
Host: Changhui Tan