HCRP project 2009
geodesics on surface of revolution
Geodesics on surface of revolution
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Animation of the geodesic evolution on the surface given in cylindrical coordinates as r=exp(-z2).
Motion of the caustic in dependence on the initial point
Primary caustic computation on a surface of revolution r = exp(-z^2). There are directions, in which the geodesic winds around the torus several times before the Jacobi field reaches a zero. For these pictures, 10'000 geodesics have been started from one point and integrated until time 10. Always the first point was marked, where the Jacobi field is zero.
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Oliver Knill | Department of Mathematics | Harvard University