Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Homoclinic bifurcations in a liquid crystal flow

T. PEACOCK a1p1 and T. MULLIN a1
a1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Manchester University, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK


The results of an experimental study of electrohydrodynamic convection in a liquid crystal are presented. Investigations concerned a small-aspect-ratio device so that finite geometry effects could be exploited to study the mechanisms by which complicated flows were organized. The results have been related to ideas on Shil'nikov dynamics and gluing bifurcations in low-dimensional dynamical systems.

(Received July 28 1999)
(Revised September 27 2000)

p1 Present address: Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.