Orientational properties of nematic disclinations

A.J. Vromans, L. Giomi

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Topological defects play a pivotal role in the physics of liquid crystals and represent one of the most prominent and well studied aspects of mesophases. While in two-dimensional nematics, disclinations are traditionally treated as point-like objects, recent experimental studies on active nematics have suggested that half-strength disclinations might in fact possess a polar structure. In this article, we provide a precise definition of polarity for half-strength nematic disclinations, we introduce a simple and robust method to calculate this quantity from experimental and numerical data and we investigate how the orientational properties of half-strength disclinations affect their relaxational dynamics.
Translated title of the contributionOrientationele eigenschappen van nematische disclinaties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6490-6495
Number of pages6
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016


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