Topological physics illustrated in the laboratory

T. F. Rosenbaum, D. L. Stein

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    Abstract

    Topological ideas can be used to predict a variety of textures and defects in condensed matter systems under certain conditions. Liquid crystals exhibit a rich variety of such textures, and provide an accessible system on which to perform tabletop experiments. One means of creating and observing various liquid crystal textures is described, and results of these observations are presented.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)128-133
    Number of pages6
    JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
    Volume49
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 1981

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