Vignettes from the world of liquid crystals

Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Kent State University
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2014-11-27 16:00 - 17:00
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Bill Unruh
Intended Audience: 
Liquid crystals, discovered some 125 years ago, are orientationally ordered soft materials. Although they have received considerable attention - much of it due to their potential for applications in display devices - they continue to astonish, puzzle and delight. In this talk, I will describe some unusual phenomena in liquid crystalline systems which originate in orientational order. I will discuss ideas about the underlying physics, and indicate intriguing problems that remain unsolved.
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