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Topological metastability of textures in biaxial nematics

Golo V. L., Kats E. I., Sinitsyn D. O.

We consider textures of biaxial nematics confined between two parallel plates. The boundary conformations at the bordering plates are supposed to be identical, the gradients of the order parameter being generally nonzero. We claim that for any texture (including stable uniform order parameter alignment) there exists its counterpart texture which is also a minimum of the gradient elastic energy. Our arguments are based on the topological analysis of the conformation of the order parameter.