We investigate stability properties of the radially symmetric solution corresponding to the vortex defect (the so called "melting hedgehog") in the framework of the Landau-de Gennes model of nematic liquid crystals. We prove local stability of the melting hedgehog under arbitrary Q-tensor valued perturbations in the temperature regime near the critical supercooling temperature. As a consequence of our method, we also rediscover the loss of stability of the vortex defect in the deep nematic regime.
Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis
- Pub Date:
- February 2015
- Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs;
- Condensed Matter - Soft Condensed Matter;
- Mathematical Physics