Time evolution of nematic liquid crystals with variable degree of orientation

M. C. Calderer, D. Golovaty, F. H. Lin, C. Liu

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Abstract

We consider an evolution system, describing the time-dependent behavior of nematic liquid crystals with variable degree of orientation within the continuum model of Ericksen. We establish a dissipation relation and prove both the global existence of weak solutions and the local existence of classical solutions. Furthermore, we investigate the stability and long-time behavior of solutions and obtain an exact solution of the corresponding stationary system in a one-dimensional case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1033-1047
Number of pages15
JournalSIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

Keywords

  • Free energy functional
  • Nematic liquid crystals
  • Reaction-diffusion mechanism
  • Weak solutions

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