Smectic pores and defect cores

Elisabetta A. Matsumoto, Randall D. Kamien, Christian D. Santangelo

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Riemann's minimal surfaces, a one parameter family of minimal surfaces, describe a bicontinuous lamellar system with pores connecting alternating layers. We demonstrate explicitly that Riemann's minimal surfaces are composed of a nonlinear sum of two oppositely handed helicoids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-622
Number of pages6
JournalInterface Focus
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 6 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Minimal surfaces
  • Smectic liquid crystals
  • Topological defects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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