Partially Ordered Systems

Pattern Formation in Liquid Crystals

Editors: Buka, Agnes, Kramer, Lorenz (Eds.)

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In the last 20 years the study of nonlinear nonequilibrium phenomena in spa­ tially extended systems, with particular emphasis on pattern-forming phenomena, has been one of the very active areas in physics, exhibiting interesting ramifi­ cations into other sciences. During this time the study of the "classic" systems, like Rayleigh-Benard convection and Taylor vortex flow in simple fluids, has also been supplemented by the study of more complex systems. Here liquid crystals have played, and are still playing, a major role. One might say that liquid crystals provide just the right amount and right kind of complexity. They are full of non­ linearities and give rise to new symmetry classes, which are sometimes actually simpler to deal with qualitatively, but they still allow a quantitative description of experiments in many cases. In fact one of the attractions of the field is the close contact between experimentalists and theorists. Hydrodynamic instabilities in liquid crystals had already experienced a period of intense study in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but at that time neither the ex­ perimental and theoretical tools nor the concepts had been developed sufficiently far to address the questions that have since been found to be of particular interest. The renewed interest is also evidenced by the fact that a new series of workshops has evolved. The first one took place in 1989 in Bayreuth and united participants from almost all groups working in pattern formation in liquid crystals.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction to Pattern Formation in Nonequilibrium Systems

    Kramer, Lorenz (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Hydrodynamics and Electrohydrodynamics of Liquid Crystals

    Pleiner, Harald (et al.)

    Pages 15-67

  • General Mathematical Description of Pattern-Forming Instabilities

    Pesch, Werner (et al.)

    Pages 69-90

  • Flow Instabilities in Nematics

    Dubois-Violette, E. (et al.)

    Pages 91-163

  • Experiments on Thermally Driven Convection

    Ahlers, Guenter

    Pages 165-220

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pattern Formation in Liquid Crystals
Editors
  • Agnes Buka
  • Lorenz Kramer
Series Title
Partially Ordered Systems
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-3994-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-3994-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-94604-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-8464-2
Series ISSN
0941-5114
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 340
Topics