University of Birmingham > Talks@bham > Theoretical Physics Seminars > How to tie a (linear optical) field into a knot

## How to tie a (linear optical) field into a knotAdd to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal - Mark Dennis (Bristol)
- Thursday 09 February 2017, 13:45-15:00
- Theory Library.
If you have a question about this talk, please contact Mike Gunn. It is a challenging question to write down a function from real 3-dimensional space to the complex numbers such that the preimage if zero (say) is a given knot or link. If, in addition, the function appears as a solution of some physically interesting partial differential equation, or minimizes some physically motivated functional, then the knotted field might be realisable in nature. I will discuss our approach and (partial) solution this problem applied to such knotted fields in coherent optical fields (i.e. laser beams), but with applications to other systems such as knotted vorticity lines in fluids. If there is time, I will also describe how random fields (which model modes of chaotic wave systems) naturally contain a tangle of many knotted nodal lines. This talk is part of the Theoretical Physics Seminars series. ## This talk is included in these lists:Note that ex-directory lists are not shown. |
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