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Optical excitations of Skyrmions, knotted solitons, and defects in atoms

  title={Optical excitations of Skyrmions, knotted solitons, and defects in atoms},
  author={C. D. Parmee and Mark R. Dennis and Janne Ruostekoski},
Analogies between non-trivial topologies of matter and light have inspired numerous studies, including defect formation in structured light and topological photonic band-structures. Threedimensional topological objects of localized particle-like nature attract broad interest across discipline boundaries from elementary particle physics and cosmology to condensed matter physics. Here we show how simple structured light beams can be transformed into optical excitations of atoms with considerably… 

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