Introduction to liquid crystal continuum theory: statics and dynamics
Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute
An introduction to the mathematical modelling of liquid crystals will be presented. A brief review of the static theory will lead in to a presentation of the Ericksen-Leslie theory for the dynamics of nematic liquid crystals. Recent developments related to smectic and other liquid crystals phases will also be discussed. Applications to model the influence of flow in 'switching phenomena' (e.g., the time taken to switch a pixel 'on' or 'off') in flat panel liquid crystal displays (LCDs and LEDs) will also be discussed.