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Variational Problems in Smectic Liquid Crystals

Jinhae Park

Department of Mathematics
Chungnam National University

In this talk, we will discuss a brief introduction to the governing energy functional for smectic liquid  crystals including Chen-Lubensky energy terms. We then talk about existence of minimizers for Boundary Value Problems. Most part of this talk is from a joint work with P. Bauman and D. Phillips.