Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
          Department of Mathematics
                      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.
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