Approximating smooth thickness
Knots, Polygonal Knots, Thickness, Ropelength, Knot Energies
The thickness of a knot is the radius of the thickest rope with which the knot could be tied. Basic properties of thickness have been established. However, thickness is difficult to compute for all but a few knot conformations. Thus, a continuous polygonal thickness function is needed to approximate its smooth analogue. The most natural definition yields incorrect estimates on a planar circle. Here, a polygonal thickness function is defined and shown to be continuous and to correctly approximate smooth thickness with an elementary inscribing algorithm. Examples of thickness estimations are also given.
Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications