**Speaker:**Peter Sternberg (Indiana University Bloomington)**Date:**Jun 04, 2021 15:00**Location:**Online, Zoom

### Abstract

We consider a one-dimensional variational problem arising in connection with a model for cholesteric
liquid crystals. The principal feature of our study is the assumption that the twist deformation of
the nematic director incurs much higher energy penalty than other modes of deformation. The
appropriate ratio of the elastic constants then gives a small parameter epsilon entering an
Allen-Cahn-type energy functional augmented by a twist term. We consider the behavior of the energy
as epsilon tends to zero. We demonstrate existence of local energy minimizers classified by their
overall twist, find the Gamma-limit of these energies and show that it consists of twist and jump
terms. This is joint work with *Dmitry Golovaty* (Akron) and *Michael Novack* (UT Austin).