The Dirac Monopole

  • Stephen Bruce Sontz
Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)


Dirac introduced the theory of the magnetic monopole which bears his name in 1931 in [9], quite a few years before the advent of either the Yang–Mills theory or the theory of fiber bundles. However, by 1975, Wu and Yang had learned enough about fiber bundles to reformulate Dirac’s theory in terms of a connection on a principal bundle. See [52].


  1. 9.
    P.A.M. Dirac, Quantised Singularities in the Electromagnetic Field, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 133 (1931) 60–72. doi: 10.1098/rspa.1931.0130CrossRefzbMATHGoogle Scholar
  2. 52.
    T.T. Wu and C.N. Yang, Concept of non-integrable phase factors and global formulation of gauge fields, Phys. Rev. D 12 (1975) 3845.MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • Stephen Bruce Sontz
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  1. 1.Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas, A.C.GuanajuatoMexico

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