Spherical Particle in Nematic Liquid Crystal Under an External Field: The Saturn Ring Regime Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We consider a nematic liquid crystal occupying the exterior region in R^3 outside of a spherical particle, with radial strong anchoring. Within the context of the Landau-de Gennes theory, we study minimizers subject to a strong external field, modelled by an additional term which favors nematic alignment parallel to the field. When the external field is high enough we obtain a scaling law for the energy. The energy scale corresponds to minimizers concentrating their energy in a boundary layer around the particle, with quadrupolar symmetry. This suggests the presence of a Saturn ring defect around the particle, rather than a dipolar director field typical of a point defect.

publication date

  • August 2018