Generalization of the Ericksen-Leslie theory

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DOI: 10.1140/epje/i2017-11537-1

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Vitoriano, C. Eur. Phys. J. E (2017) 40: 48. doi:10.1140/epje/i2017-11537-1


We generalize the Ericksen-Leslie theory for the dynamics of nematic liquid crystals by including the director-density coupling energy \(f_{ddc}\). It corresponds to the cost in energy due to the interaction of spatially varying mass density \(\rho\) and the liquid crystal director \( \mathbf{n}\). A striking confirmation of the theory is achieved by confronting it with experimental data on acoustical Fréedericksz transition.

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Soft Matter: Liquid crystals 

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© EDP Sciences, SIF, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unidade Acadêmica do Cabo de Santo AgostinhoUniversidade Federal Rural de PernambucoPonte dos Carvalhos, Cabo de Santo Agostinho, PernambucoBrazil

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