Nonlinear PDE Days           Karlsruhe               January  20 – 21,  2011





Matthias Langer

University of Strathclyde, U.K



Kickback in nematic liquid crystals


In this talk I consider a system of nonlinear PDEs that describes a thin layer of nematic liquid crystalline fluid. 
In particular, I want to discuss the phenomenon of kickback after switching off a magnetic field. To this end
a related non-local linear PDE is studied. Measurements of the kickback can be used to estimate material
constants of the liquid crystal.





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