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Relativistic definition of the phase of the electromagnetic field, involving two Lorentz invariants, based on the Riemann-Silberstein vector is adopted to extend our previous study I. Bialynicki-Birula, Z. Bialynicka-Birula and C. Sliwa, Phys. Rev. A 61, 032110 2000 of the motion of vortex lines embedded in the solutions of wave equations from Schroedinger wave mechanics to Maxwell theory. It is shown that time evolution of vortex lines has universal features; in Maxwell theory it is very similar to that in Schroedinger wave mechanics. Connection with some early work on geometrodynamics is established. Simple examples of solutions of Maxwell equations with embedded vortex lines are given. Vortex lines in Laguerre-Gaussian beams are treated in some detail.

Author: Iwo Bialynicki-Birula; Zofia Bialynicka-Birula

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