Diffusive transport in nematic liquid crystals

Ibrahim Fatkullin
University of Arizona

One of the commonly used equations describing nematic liquid crystals is the so-called Doi-Smoluchowski equation. In essence, it is a kinetic equation for evolution of the orientation probability density of the system. I will present an analogue of this equation for spatially inhomogeneous systems and will discuss the associated problems of moment closure and reduction to Ginzburg-Landau type dynamics.

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