Weak plane discontinuities carrying disturbances in orientation can propagate in liquid crystals of nematic type. It is shown that these waves decay exponentially in time, and the rate of decay is determined. It is found that this rate of decay depends on the angle between the direction of propagation and the orientation of the material, and that in most liquid crystals the waves will decay rapidly.

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