Vortex dynamics in a smectic liquid crystal and its stochastic aspect

Shinobu Sekine, Toshihiro Kawakatsu, Hiroshi Kuratsuji

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The dynamics and stochastic aspect of the vortices that occur in a smectic-A liquid crystal close to its nematic-smectic A transition point is investigated. Using the analogy between our target system and the superfluid system, we discuss following two topics: The first topic is the formulation of the equation of motion of the vortex center, and the other one is the analysis of the random behavior of the vortices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-68
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular crystals and liquid crystals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun 13


  • Fokker-Planck equation
  • Langevin equation
  • liquid crystal
  • nonlinear Schröedinger equation
  • path integral
  • superfluid
  • vortex dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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