Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, Vol.549, 43-56, 2011
There is plenty of experimental evidence that the propagation of an ultrasonic wave in a nematic liquid crystal affects the director n, which represents the average molecular orientation, thus producing detectable optical effects. There have been several attempts to explain these observations on the basis of a coherent variational theory. We present here a general theory for nematoacoustics that incorporates flow effects. An explicit application of the proposed theory to a simple computable case is given in order to estimate phenomenological parameters involved in the theory and by using available experimental data.