Interfaces and microstructure in solid and liquid crystals

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 1:45pm - 2:25pm
John Ball (University of Oxford)
Jerry Ericksen’s insights into the understanding of martensitic transformations and liquid crystal mechanics have influenced generations of researchers. I will discuss some results concerning martensitic microstructure morphology in single and polycrystals, and others concerning surface defects in liquid crystals, linked by common themes and related variational structures, drawing from collaborations with S.J. Bedford, C. Carstensen, P. Cesana, B. Hambly, K. Koumatos and H. Seiner.
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