The Point-Split Method and the Linking Number of Space Curves
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This is a report on research done in the field of mathematical physics. It is an investigation of the concept of the linking number between two simple and closed spatial curves. The linking number is a topological invariant with scientific applications ranging from DNA biology to Topological Quantum Field Theory. Our aim is to study C ̆alug ̆areanu’s theorem, also called White’s formula, which relates the linking number to the concepts of twist and writhe. We are interested in the limit of the two curves as they approach each other. To regulate this, we introduce a regularization method that utilizes a point-split. Further we explore if the result is dependent on how the regularization is introduced. Therefor we inflict an asymmetry in the regularization, with a parameter a in the point-split intervals, to check whether the result becomes dependent on a or not. We find that the result is independent of the parameter a.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 11 p.
Links, The Linking Number, Gauss Linking number, Point-split method, point-splitting, White's formula, C ̆alug ̆areanu, Calugareanu's relation, Twist, Writhe, twisting, Writhing
Other Physics Topics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-229641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-229641DiVA: diva2:737291
Bachelor Programme in Physics
Niemi, Antti, Professor
Mirbt, Susanne, universitetslektor