Threading the Needle: Generating Textures in Nematics Journal Article uri icon



  • The Hopf fibration is an example of a texture: a topologically stable,; smooth, global configuration of a field. Here we demonstrate the controlled; sculpting of the Hopf fibration in nematic liquid crystals through the control; of point defects. We demonstrate how these are related to torons by use of a; topological visualization technique derived from the Pontryagin-Thom; construction.

publication date

  • December 29, 2012

Date in CU Experts

  • September 3, 2013 2:56 AM

Full Author List

  • Chen BGG; Ackerman PJ; Alexander GP; Kamien RD; Smalyukh II

author count

  • 5

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 237801


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