|GEOMETRY AND MATERIALS SEMINAR|
|Topic:||Liquid Crystals, Minimal Surfaces, and Elliptic Functions|
|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.