# Hopf solitons and elastic rods

@article{Harland2011HopfSA, title={Hopf solitons and elastic rods}, author={D. Harland and M. Speight and P. Sutcliffe}, journal={Physical Review D}, year={2011}, volume={83} }

Hopf solitons in the Skyrme-Faddeev model are stringlike topological solitons classified by the integer-valued Hopf charge. In this paper we introduce an approximate description of Hopf solitons in terms of elastic rods. The general form of the elastic rod energy is derived from the field theory energy and is found to be an extension of the classical Kirchhoff rod energy. Using a minimal extension of the Kirchhoff energy, it is shown that a simple elastic rod model can reproduce many of the… CONTINUE READING

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