Document Type

Article

Date

8-19-1992

Language

English

Disciplines

Physics

Description/Abstract

We have observed the production of strings (disclination lines and loops) via the Kibble mechanism of domain (bubble) formation in the isotropic to nematic phase transition of a sample of uniaxial nematic liquid crystal. The probablity of string formation per bubble is measured to be $0.33 \pm 0.01$. This is in good agreement with the theoretical value $1/ \pi$ expected in two dimensions for the order parameter space $S^2/{\bf Z}_2$ of a simple uniaxial nematic liquid crystal.

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17 pages, in TEX, 2 figures (not included, available on request) More information at http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/9208233

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Harvested from Arxiv.org

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