Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences - (Ph.D.)
Linda Jane Cummings
Michael R. Booty
Richard O. Moore
This dissertation considers a mathematical model that consists of a nematic liquid crystal layer sandwiched between two parallel bounding plates, across which an external field may be applied. Particular attention is paid to the effect of an applied field on the layer as well as the interaction between the liquid crystal molecules and the molecules of the substrate. The system studied may be considered as a simple model of a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) device, and the results obtained are discussed and interpreted within this context.
Mema, Ensela, "Mathematical models for polymer-nematic interactions" (2016). Dissertations. 15.