Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Vector calculus

  1. May 28, 2012 #1
    Dear Sir…
    I am looking for a discrete counter part of a continuous variable.
    the continuous version of energy term in a liquid crystal is given by [\vec{n}\cdot(\nabla\times\vec{n})]^2. This is a square of a dot product between a vector 'n' and its curl field. My question is what is the exact discrete version of this energy term?
    In a literature it is given as [\hat{k}\cdot(\vec{n}_{i}\times\vec{n}_{i+1})]^2, it is mentioned that \hat{k} is a unit vector, \vec{n}_{i} is a vector at lattice point 'i' and \vec{n}_{i+1} is a vector at the lattice point 'i+1'.

    For your clarification I have attached a picture file. See second term in Eq. (1) and below theory for justification in the attached file.

    Thanks in advance.

    Attached Files:

  2. jcsd
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted