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Issue 7, 2019
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Flexo-electricity of the dowser texture

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The persistent quasi-planar nematic texture known also as the dowser texture is characterized by a 2D unitary vector field d. We show here that the dowser texture is sensitive, in first order, to electric fields. This property is due to the flexo-electric polarisation P collinear with d expected from R. B. Meyer's considerations on flexo-electricity in nematics. It is pointed out that due to the flexo-electric polarisation nematic monopoles can be manipulated by electric fields of appropriate geometry.

Graphical abstract: Flexo-electricity of the dowser texture

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The article was received on 14 Nov 2018, accepted on 19 Dec 2018 and first published on 20 Dec 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02329H
Citation: Soft Matter, 2019,15, 1469-1480

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    Flexo-electricity of the dowser texture

    P. Pieranski and M. H. Godinho, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 1469
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02329H

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