FALL 2021 Nonlinear Analysis Seminar Series


Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:00


Online via Zoom


Professor Itai Shafrir,  Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Title: Minimizers of a variational problem for nematic liquid crystals with variable degree of orientation in two dimensions

We study the asymptotic behavior, when \(k \to \infty\), of the minimizers of the energy \begin{equation*} G_k(u)=\int_{\Omega}\Big((k-1)|\nabla|u||^2+|\nabla u|^2\Big)\,, \end{equation*} over the class of maps \(u\in H^1(\Omega,{\mathbb R}^2)\) satisfying the boundary condition \(u=g\) on \(\partial\Omega\), where \(\Omega\) is a smooth, bounded and simply connected domain in \({\mathbb R}^2\) and \(g:\partial\Omega\to S^1\). The motivation comes from a simplified version of Ericksen model for nematic liquid crystals. We will present similarities and differences with respect to the analog problem for the Ginzburg-Landau energy. Based on a joint work with Dmitry Golovaty.


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