We construct an order reconstruction (OR-)type Landau de Gennes critical point on a square domain of edge length 2 lambda, motivated by the well order reconstruction solution numerically reported in [S. Kralj and A. Majumdar, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. Ser. A Math. Phys. Eng. Sci., 470 (2014), 20140276]. The OR critical point is distinguished by a uniaxial cross with negative scalar order parameter along the square diagonals. The OR critical point is defined in terms of a saddle-type critical point of an associated scalar variational problem. The OR-type critical point is globally stable for small lambda and undergoes a supercritical pitchfork bifurcation in the associated scalar variational setting. We consider generalizations of the OR-type critical point to a regular hexagon, accompanied by numerical estimates of stability criteria of such critical points on both a square and a hexagon in terms of material-dependent constants.
|Titolo:||Order Reconstruction for Nematics on Squares and Hexagons: A Landau--de Gennes Study|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 Articolo in Rivista|