Pattern Formation in Liquid Crystals

  • Agnes Buka
  • Lorenz Kramer

Part of the Partially Ordered Systems book series (PARTIAL.ORDERED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Harald Pleiner, Helmut R. Brand
    Pages 15-67
  3. E. Dubois-Violette, P. Manneville
    Pages 91-163
  4. Guenter Ahlers
    Pages 165-220
  5. Lorenz Kramer, Werner Pesch
    Pages 221-255
  6. John Bechhoefer
    Pages 257-289
  7. Agnes Buka
    Pages 291-305
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 333-339

About this book


In the last 20 years the study of nonlinear nonequilibrium phenomena in spa­ tially extended systems, with particular emphasis on pattern-forming phenomena, has been one of the very active areas in physics, exhibiting interesting ramifi­ cations into other sciences. During this time the study of the "classic" systems, like Rayleigh-Benard convection and Taylor vortex flow in simple fluids, has also been supplemented by the study of more complex systems. Here liquid crystals have played, and are still playing, a major role. One might say that liquid crystals provide just the right amount and right kind of complexity. They are full of non­ linearities and give rise to new symmetry classes, which are sometimes actually simpler to deal with qualitatively, but they still allow a quantitative description of experiments in many cases. In fact one of the attractions of the field is the close contact between experimentalists and theorists. Hydrodynamic instabilities in liquid crystals had already experienced a period of intense study in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but at that time neither the ex­ perimental and theoretical tools nor the concepts had been developed sufficiently far to address the questions that have since been found to be of particular interest. The renewed interest is also evidenced by the fact that a new series of workshops has evolved. The first one took place in 1989 in Bayreuth and united participants from almost all groups working in pattern formation in liquid crystals.


convection dynamics material stability thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Agnes Buka
    • 1
  • Lorenz Kramer
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Institute for Solid-State PhysicsHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institut fur PhysikUniversitat BayreuthBayreuthGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8464-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3994-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-5114
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