Disclination motion in hexatic and smectic-C films
We present theoretical study of a single disclination motion in a thin free standing hexatic (or smectic-C) film, driven by a large-scale inhomogeneity in the bond (or director) angle. Back-flow effects and own dynamics of the bond angle are included. We find the angle and hydrodynamic velocity distributions around the moving disclination, what allows us to relate the disclination velocity to the angle gradient far from the disclination. Different cases are examined depending on the ratio of the rotational and shear viscosity coefficients.
- Pub Date:
- May 2002
- Soft Condensed Matter
- 17 pages