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Magnetic Monopoles


Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Dirac Monopole

  3. Monopole in Non-Abelian Gauge Theories

    1. Yakov M. Shnir
      Pages 141-172
    2. Yakov M. Shnir
      Pages 173-239
    3. Yakov M. Shnir
      Pages 241-274
    4. Yakov M. Shnir
      Pages 275-317
    5. Yakov M. Shnir
      Pages 319-358
  4. Supersymmetric Monopoles

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 501-532

About this book


This monograph addresses the field theoretical aspects of magnetic monopoles. Written for graduate students as well as researchers, the author demonstrates the interplay between mathematics and physics. He delves into details as necessary and develops many techniques that find applications in modern theoretical physics. This introduction to the basic ideas used for the description and construction of monopoles is also the first coherent presentation of the concept of magnetic monopoles. It arises in many different contexts in modern theoretical physics, from classical mechanics and electrodynamics to multidimensional branes. The book summarizes the present status of the theory and gives an extensive but carefully selected bibliography on the subject. The first part deals with the Dirac monopole, followed in part two by the monopole in non-abelian gauge theories. The third part is devoted to monopoles in supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories.


Confinement Magnetic Monopoles Potential electrodynamics gauge theories mechanics quantum theory supersymmetry theoretical physics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsCarl von Ossietzky University OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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From the reviews of the first edition:

"The modern era of the monopolic theory started in 1974 when Hooft and, independently, Polyakov found monopole solutions in quantum field theory … . This … is the subject of the carefully designed book by Shnir. It is written mainly for researchers and advanced students in theoretical physics and is to my knowledge the first coherent presentation of the subject." (Gert Roepstorff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1084, 2006)