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Dissipative Ordered Fluids

Theories for Liquid Crystals

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Titel: Dissipative Ordered Fluids
Autoren/Herausgeber: André M. Sonnet, Epifanio G. Virga
Ausgabe: 2012

ISBN/EAN: 9780387878140

Seitenzahl: 326
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 666 g
Sprache: Englisch

This is a book on the dissipative dynamics of ordered fluids, with a particular focus on liquid crystals. It covers a whole range of different theories, mainly concerned with nematic liquid crystals in both their chiral and nonchiral variants. The authors begin by giving a detailed account of the molecular origins of orientational order in fluids. They then go on to develop a general framework in which continuum theories for ordered fluids can be phrased. Within this unified setting, they cover both well-established classical  theories and new ones with aspects that are not yet completely settled.  The book treats a wide range of hydrodynamic theories for liquid crystals, from the original 1960s works by Ericksen and Leslie to new, fast-developing  ideas of liquid crystal science. The final chapter is devoted to  nematoacoustics and its applications. Old experiments on the propagation of  ultrasound waves in nematic liquid crystals are interpreted and explained in the light of a new theory developed within the general theoretical  infrastructure proposed in the body of the book. This book is intended both for graduate students and professional scholars in mathematics, physics, and engineering of advanced materials. It delivers a solid framework for liquid crystal hydrodynamics and shows the unifying concepts at the basis of the classical theories. It illustrates how these concepts can also be applied to a wide variety of modern topics. Andre M. Sonnet is in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at  the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland) and Epifanio G. Virga is in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Pavia (Italy). They have a long history of working together in liquid crystal science and have contributed, in particular, to the theories of defects and biaxial nematics. - Newsletter
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