Coarse-Grained Theory for Twist-Bend Nematic Phases

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 10:50am - 11:30am
Epifanio Virga (Università di Pavia)
I will briefly review the phenomenology of the newly discovered (though long predicted) twist-bend nematic phases. Inspired by a few basic experimental facts which have recently been established on a rather firm ground, I propose a continuum elastic theory for these fascinating phases and I explore some of its mathematical consequences.
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