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The existence of polynomial space curves with rational rotation-minimizing frames (RRMF curves) is investigated, using the Hopf map representation for PH space curves in terms of complex polynomials α(t), β(t). The known result that all RRMF cubics are degenerate (linear or planar) curves is easily deduced in this representation. The existence of nondegenerate RRMF quintics is newly demonstrated through a constructive process, involving simple algebraic constraints on the coefficients of twodoi:10.1016/j.cagd.2009.01.005 fatcat:6upt7dzz2bgbtgbael7gxzkzma