Monotonicity of a Key Function Arised in Studies of Nematic Liquid Crystal Polymers

Abstract and Applied Analysis. 2007;2007 DOI 10.1155/2007/76209


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Journal Title: Abstract and Applied Analysis

ISSN: 1085-3375 (Print); 1687-0409 (Online)

Publisher: Hindawi Limited

LCC Subject Category: Science: Mathematics

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Hongyun Wang (Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA)
Hong Zhou (Department of Applied Mathematics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943, USA)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 27 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

We revisit a key function arised in studies of nematic liquid crystal polymers. Previously, it was conjectured that the function is strictly decreasing and the conjecture was numerically confirmed. Here we prove the conjecture analytically. More specifically, we write the derivative of the function into two parts and prove that each part is strictly negative.