Nematic liquid crystal phase in a system of interacting dimers
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
September 25, 2017
In 1979, O. Heilmann and E.H. Lieb introduced an interacting dimer model with the goal of proving the emergence of a nematic liquid crystal phase in it. In such a phase, dimers spontaneously align, but there is no long range translational order. Heilmann and Lieb proved that dimers do, indeed, align, and conjectured that there is no translational order. I will discuss a recent proof of this conjecture. This is joint work with Elliott H. Lieb.
The video of this talk is available here.
This presentation is based on
[JL17c]: Nematic liquid crystal phase in a system of interacting dimers and monomers
Ian Jauslin, Elliott H. Lieb, 2017
(published in Communications in Mathematical Physics, volume 363, issue 3, pp 955-1002)