Topological Formations In Chiral Nematic Droplets

byGregor Posnjak

Hardcover | September 27, 2018

Topological Formations In Chiral Nematic Droplets by Gregor Posnjak
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In this book Gregor Posnjak unravels the long-standing mystery of the internal director structure of chiral nematic droplets, which has been studied both experimentally and theoretically since the 1970s. To do so, he develops a new method for the reconstruction of director fields from a set of fluorescent confocal polarising microscopy images, which he augments with a simulated annealing algorithm. This allows the full reconstruction of 3D director fields, describing the ordering of the liquid crystal. The reconstruction procedure and its principles, which are applicable to other methods of studying vector fields, are explained in detail. The method is subsequently used to explore complex 3D structures in chiral nematic liquid crystal droplets with perpendicular surface anchoring. Twentyfour distinct states are identified and presented, including the layered structures of different symmetries and states with multiple topological point defects, separated by localized chiral structures. In closing, the book reports on the first observation of topological point defects with higher topological charges q = '2 and q = '3. 

Title:Topological Formations In Chiral Nematic DropletsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:186 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inShipping dimensions:186 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inPublished:September 27, 2018Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319982605

ISBN - 13:9783319982601

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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