A gauge theory of defects in an elastic continuum is developed after providing the necessary background in continuum elasticity and gauge theories. The gauge group is the three-dimensional (3D) Euclidean group [semi-direct product of the translation group T (3) with the rotation group SO (3)]. We obtainboth dislocations and disclinations by breaking of the translational invariance. Breaking of the rotational invariance is shownnot to lead to any interesting effects in a linear analysis. These results are shown to be consistent with the topological analysis which is briefly discussed at the end of the paper. Any defect given by the present theory acquires acore which removes the singularity of the stress field at the origin. The stress field agrees with the continuum result asymptotically, as is expected. Geometrical aspects of the deformed state of condensed matter are also briefly touched upon.
Volume 44, 2021
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Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020
Prof. Surajit Dhara — School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Physical Sciences 2020
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