Contact Topology and the Structure and Dynamics of Cholesterics

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Using tools and concepts from contact topology we show that non-vanishing twist implies conservation of the layer structure in cholesteric liquid crystals. This leads to a number of additional topological invariants for cholesteric textures, such as layer numbers, that are not captured by traditional descriptions, characterises the nature and size of the chiral energy barriers between metastable configurations, and gives a geometric characterisation of cholesteric dynamics in any context, including active systems, those in confined geometries or under the influence of an external field.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017

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8 pages, 4 figures


  • cond-mat.soft
  • math-ph
  • math.MP

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