Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 289, Issue 4, pp 345–359 | Cite as

Drops and shells of liquid crystal

Invited Review

Abstract

We review the state of the art concerning drops and shells of liquid crystal. We especially focus on the defect structures observed with liquid crystals with different degrees of order under different boundary conditions and on the transitions between these structures. We conclude with an overview where we emphasize those areas that are still unexplored.

Keywords

Liquid crystal Nematic Cholesteric Smectic Drops Spherical geometry Topological defects 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank the National Science Foundation under project DMR-0847304. Dr. Lopez-Leon acknowledges the European Marie Curie Program for financial support.

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  1. 1.School of PhysicsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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