Elasticity of Nematic Side-Chain Elastomers

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - 3:30pm - 4:05pm
EE/CS 3-180
Harald Pleiner (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research)
We review the linear and nonlinear elasticity theory of isotropic and
anisotropic solids in the absence or presence of external fields. This is
used to deal with the elastic properties of nematic side chain elastomers
that are isotropically and/or anisotropically crosslinked.
The notion of soft elasticity or spontaneous elastic shape anisotropy is
discussed and compared with experimental results in the literature.