Announcement Date: 2 February 2015
Our paper on the “Curvature-induced symmetry breaking determines elastic surface patterns” has just been published online in Nature Materials !
The wrinkling morphologies of our curved elastic bilayer materials are further analyzed in collaboration with a team from the Math department of MIT. The pattern formation is described here by deriving a generalized Swift-Hohenberg theory. This theory, universally applicable to macroscopic and microscopic systems, can be extended to arbitrarily shaped surfaces, thereby solving a long-standing problem in elasticity theory.