Browse Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (1926-2006) by Subject "radially symmetric point defects"
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(Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (UIUC), 2002-02)We consider the question of whether compressible nematic gels are capable of sustaining hedgehogs (radially symmetric point defects). As a basis for this work, we rely on a free-energy density that extends the conventional ...