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Rosso R., Virga E. G. Restoring forces on nematic disclinations. Preprint ercim.cnr.ian//2001-1259, 2001.
We compute both the force and the torque acting on a nematic disclination of arbitrary shape in space. The disclination's core, where the material is thought of as melted in its isotropic phase, is not necessarily assumed to be a circular cylinder. The effect of the core's shape on the forces restoring equilibrium is also studied in some detail.
Subject Forces
Liquid crystals

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