We consider the simplest one-constant model, put forward by J. Ericksen, for nematic liquid crystals with variable degree of orientation. The equilibrium state is described by a director field and its degree of orientation, where the pair minimizes a sum of Frank-like energies and a double well potential. In particular, the Euler-Lagrange equati...
Nochetto, Ricardo (University of Maryland)
University of Minnesota, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications.