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Tying Knots In Light Fields

...The knotted field lines in these light beams behave like unbreakable elastic filaments which stretch and rotate as the beam travels forward, as if embedded in a fluid, staying knotted forever...In principle, these knotted light fields could be created in the laboratory, and could be used to potentially transfer knottedness to matter.

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Congratulations to Satomi Shiraishi and Scott Waitukaitis who were recently awarded the Springer Theses Award, which recognizes outstanding Ph.D. research. Advisors Young-Kee Kim and Heinrich Jaeger nominated Satomi and Scott, respectively, for the award.

Young-Kee and Satomi
Scott and Heinrich

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