Nucleation of Smectics

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 2:40pm - 3:30pm
EE/CS 3-180
Xingbin Pan (East China Normal University)
Similarity of Ginzburg-Landau model of superconductivity and Landau-deGennes model for liquid crystals was discovered by P. G. de Gennes, and has been investigated by many physicists and mathematics. In this talk we shall discuss possible similarity in the mathematical theory of nucleation of superconductivity and that of smectics. We shall also discuss some recent progress on the estimates of the critical number Qc3 for liquid crystals, that is analogy of the critical field Hc3 for superconductivity.