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  1. The presence of incomplete┬ácuts in a thin planar sheet can dramatically alter its mechanical and geometrical response to loading, as the cuts allow the sheet to deform strongly in the third dimension, most beautifully demonstrated in kirigami art-forms. We use numerical experiments to characterize the geometric mechanics of kirigamized sheets as a function of the number, size and orientation of cuts. We show that the geometry of mechanically loaded sheets can be approximated as a composition of simple developable units: flats, cylinders, cones and compressed Elasticae. This geometric construction yields scaling laws for the mechanical response of the sheet in both the weak and strongly deformed limit. In the ultimately stretched limit, this further leads to a theorem on the nature and form of geodesics in an arbitrary kirigami pattern, consistent with observations and simulations. Finally, we show that by varying the shape and size of the geodesic in a kirigamized sheet, we can control the deployment trajectory of the sheet, and thence its functional properties as an exemplar of a tunable structure that can serve as a robotic gripper, a soft light window or the basis for a physically unclonable device. Overall our study of disordered kirigami sets the stage for controlling the shape and shielding the stresses in thin sheets using cuts. 
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  2. This articles offers various mathematical contributions to the behavior of thin films. The common thread is to view thin film behavior as the variational limit of a three-dimensional domain with a related behavior when the thickness of that domain vanishes. After a short review in Section 1 of the various regimes that can arise when such an asymptotic process is performed in the classical elastic case, giving rise to various well-known model in plate theory (membrane, bending, Von Karmann, etc...), the other sections address various extensions of those initial results. Section 2 adds brittleness and delamination and investigates the brittle membrane regime. Sections 4 and 5 focus on micro-magnetics, rather than elasticity, this once again in the membrane regime and discuss magnetic skyrmions and domain walls, respectively. Finally, Section 3 revisits the classical setting in a non-Euclidean setting induced by the presence of a pre-strain in the model. 
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