Nematic films and radially anisotropic Delaunay surfaces
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, 19104-6396, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Accepted: 7 January 2009
Published online: 12 February 2009
We develop a theory of axisymmetric surfaces minimizing a combination of surface tension and nematic elastic energies which may be suitable for describing simple film and bubble shapes. As a function of the elastic constant and the applied tension on the bubbles, we find the analogues of the unduloid, sphere, and nodoid in addition to other new surfaces.
PACS: 61.30.-v Liquid crystals – / 82.70.Rr Aerosols and foams – / 47.55.D- Drops and bubbles –
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