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Topological Solitons Seminar: Skyrme-Faddeev solitons and elastic rods

Presented by Derek Harland, Durham

11 October 2010 16:15 in CM221

The Skyrme-Faddeev model is a field theory in 3+1 dimensions which admits solitonic solutions taking the form of linked and knotted strings. These solitons bear a striking resemblance to a elastic rods, studied by Kirchhoff over a century ago. I will describe some recent efforts to understand this resemblance and derive an effective description of Skyrme-Faddeev solitons as elastic rods

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