The language of differential forms and topological concepts are applied to study classical electromagnetic theory on a lattice. It is shown that differential forms and their discrete counterparts (cochains) provide a natural bridge between the continuum and the lattice versions of the theory, allowing for a natural factorization of the field equations into topological field equations (i.e., invariant under homeomorphisms) and metric field equations. The various potential sources of inconsistency in the discretization process are identified, distinguished, and discussed. A rationale for a consistent extension of the lattice theory to more general situations, such as to irregular lattices, is considered.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics