Tuesday, May 13

4:30 PM-6:10 PM
Benjamin West A Room

Dynamics and Defects of Liquid Crystal-Polymer Systems (Part I of III)

This minisymposium covers two topics. One is the defects (especially focal conic defects) in liquid crystals. The other is the dynamics (especially phase separation dynamics) of polymer-liquid crystal systems. The main objective is to bring experimentalists, theorists and mathematicians together to discuss these topics.

Organizers: Weinan E, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; and Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Kent State University

4:30-4:50 On the Role of Nonconvexity in Modeling Defect Structures in Nematic Liquid Crystal Flow
M. Carme Calderer, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
4:55-5:15 The Energy Functional for Smectic A Liquid Crystals
Carlos J. Garcia Cervera, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; and Weinan E, Organizer
5:20-5:40 Numerical Modeling of Defects in Liquid Crystals
Eugene C. Gartland,Jr. and Sami Mkaddem, Kent State University; Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Organizer; and Timothy A. Davis, Case Western Reserve University
5:45-6:05 Focal Conic Structures in Smectic A
David Kinderlehrer and Chun Liu, Carnegie Mellon University
6:10-6:30 The Existence of the Solution to the Ericksen-Leslie Equations
Chun Liu, Carnegie Mellon University; and Fanghua Lin, University of Chicago

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