Continuous transformation of a -1/2 wedge disclination line to a +1/2 one

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Abstract

It is known that, in the order-parameter space S2 / Z2 (a typical example being a uniaxial nematic liquid crystal in three dimensions), a -1/2 wedge disclination line and a +1/2 one are topologically equivalent and can thus be transformed continuously into each other. Here we report the realization of this transformation in a simulation of a cholesteric blue phase under an electric field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number040701
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume81
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 21 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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