Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Department of Mathematics ===================================== PDE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS SEMINAR ===================================== DATE: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 SPEAKER: Dmitry Golovaty, University of Akron, Ohio TITLE: Ginzburg-Landau-type Vortices in a Model for Liquid Crystals PLACE: Room 814, Amado Mathematics Building, Technion TIME: 14:30 ABSTRACT: I will review some recent variational results for the Ginzburg-Landau-type energy defined over a class of symmetric, traceless matrix-valued functions that arise within the Landau-De Gennes theory for liquid crystals. In particular, I will discuss the structure of global minimizers in the limit of the small Ginzburg-Landau-type parameter, where the minimizers develop at most one vertex with the optimal location minimizing a certain renormalized energy. This is a joint work with A. Montero. For further info: Yehuda Pinchover <pincho@techunix.technion.ac.il> For past and future Applied Math/PDE seminars see: <http://www.math.technion.ac.il/pde/seminar.html> --------------------------------------------------------- Technion Math. Net (TECHMATH) Editor: Michael Cwikel <techm@math.technion.ac.il> Announcement from: Yehuda Pinchover <pincho@tx.technion.ac.il>