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Magnetic monopoles and non-Abelian gauge theories

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We review some properties of magnetic monopoles in non-Abelian gauge theories. Removal of Dirac string singularities and generalizations of the Wu-Yang solution that follow from this procedure are described. A discussion of the possible relevance of monopoles in strong interaction models and their role in quark confinement schemes is given. The magnetic monopole soliton discovered by 't Hooft and Polyakov, the first order formalism developed by Bogomolny, and extensions of these ideas are illustrated.

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Work supported in part by the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration under Contract No. EY-76-C-02-2232B*000.

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Marciano, W.J. Magnetic monopoles and non-Abelian gauge theories. Int J Theor Phys 17, 275–286 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00672873

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Keywords

  • Soliton
  • Field Theory
  • Elementary Particle
  • Gauge Theory
  • Quantum Field Theory