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Title:Point defects in nematic gels: The case for hedgehogs
Author(s):Dolbow, John E.; Fried, Eliot; Shen, Amy Q.
Subject(s):compressible nemetic gels
radially symmetric point defects
Abstract: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 molecular-statistically derived expression for a nematic elastomer to account for volumetric contributions. We consider the special case of a gel cross-linked in a state where the mesogens are randomly aligned and study the behavior of a spherical specimen the boundary of which is subjected to a uniform radial displacement or traction. For simplicity, we allow only for distortions in which the molecular agglomeration is uniaxial with constant anisotropy and, thus, is determined by a unit orientation field. Even for relatively mild displacements of the boundary or applied tractions, the material shows an energetic preference for states involving a hedgehog with locus at the center of the specimen.
Issue Date:2002-02
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (UIUC)
Series/Report:TAM Reports 1001
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-03-08
Is Version Of:Published as: John E. Dolbow, Eliot Fried, and Amy Q. Shen. Point defects in nematic gels: The case for hedgehogs. Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Vol. 177, No. 1, 2005, pp. 21-51. DOI: 10.1007/s00205-005-0359-4. Copyright 2005 Springer Verlag.

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