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Modelling Hopf solitons with elastic rods

Presented by: 
D Harland Loughborough University
Date: 
Friday 7th December 2012 - 13:30 to 13:50
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Session Title: 
Topological Solitons continued
Session Chair: 
Tom Kephart
Abstract: 
I will review recent progress in modelling knotted solitons in the Skyrme-Faddeev model using elastic rods. The effective elastic rod model is simple to use, and can in some cases be solved analytically. It has enabled the discovery of new solitonic states which had eluded direct numerical simulations of the field theory. This suggests more generally that elasticity theory could be a useful tool in the study of solitons.
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Presentation Material: 
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons