Shape deformation through geometric frustration of liquid crystals

DeBenedictis, Andrew.


  • Abstract: Due to their anisotropic shape, liquid crystal molecules exert elastic forces that attempt to align themselves with their neighbors. Perfect alignment may be attainable for liquid crystals in a trivial geometry with harmonious boundary conditions, but antagonistic anchoring conditions or complex geometries introduce geometric frustration. When a system is geometrically frustrated, the pr... read more
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