Date of Award

Fall 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences - (Ph.D.)


Mathematical Sciences

First Advisor

Linda Jane Cummings

Second Advisor

Lou Kondic

Third Advisor

Michael R. Booty

Fourth Advisor

Ian Griffiths

Fifth Advisor

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.

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Mathematics Commons