Liquid Crystals, Minimal Surfaces, and Elliptic Functions

GEOMETRY AND MATERIALS SEMINAR
Topic:Liquid Crystals, Minimal Surfaces, and Elliptic Functions
Speaker:Randall Kamien
Affiliation:University of Pennsylvania and Member, School of Mathematics
Date:Monday, January 25
Time/Room:3:30pm - 4:30pm/S-101

Liquid crystals form layered structures, known as smectics. Modeling these structures as minimal surfaces gives a class of trial solutions from which we can estimate ground state energetics. In order to control the boundary conditions, or topology, we construct surfaces based upon singly- and doubly-periodic functions.