Tuesday, February 5, 2013

1302.0342 (Hridesh Kedia et al.)

Tying knots in light fields    [PDF]

Hridesh Kedia, Iwo Bialynicki-Birula, Daniel Peralta-Salas, William T. M. Irvine
We construct a new family of null solutions to Maxwell's equations in free space whose field lines encode all torus knots and links. The evolution of these null fields, analogous to a compressible flow along the Poynting vector that is both geodesic and shear-free, preserves the topology of the knots and links. Our approach combines the Bateman and spinor formalisms for the construction of null fields with complex polynomials on $\mathbb{S}^3$. We examine and illustrate the geometry and evolution of the solutions, making manifest the structure of nested knotted tori filled by the field lines.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1302.0342

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