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Joseph Pollard


  • MA Mathematics and Computer Science 1st Class - University of Oxford (2012-2016)

- Masters Thesis: The Effect of a Dissipative Reservoir on the Dynamics of Delta-Kicked Oscillators.  

- Summer Project (2016): contributed code to defcon, a python implementation of the deflated continuation algorithm of Farrell, Beentjes and Birkisson

  • MSc Mathematics of Real-World Systems - University of Warwick (2016-2017)

Research Interests

I am PhD student with Gareth Alexander. We're working on applications of geometry and topology to problems in liquid crystal physics, with a particular focus on how contact geometry can be used to study chiral materials.


J. Pollard and G.P. Alexander, Singular Contact Geometry and Beltrami Fields in Cholesteric Liquid Crystals, arXiv:1911.10159

J. Binysh, J. Pollard, and G.P. Alexander, Geometry of Bend: Singular Lines and Defects in Twist-Bend Nematics, arXiv:2002.00916.


J. Pollard, G. Posnjak, S. Copar, I. Musevic, and G.P. Alexander, Point Defects, Topological Chirality and Singularity Theory in Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Droplets, Phys. Rev. X 9, 021004, 2019



Centre for Complexity Science
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