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Skyrmions and monopoles — isolated and arrayed.

Ward, R. S. (2011) 'Skyrmions and monopoles — isolated and arrayed.', Journal of physics : conference series., 284 (1). 012005.


There are two basic types of three-dimensional topological soliton, namely skyrmions and monopoles. This article reviews some of the features of such solitons, concentrating on static multi-skyrmions and multi-monopoles with structure group SU(2), and focusing in particular on periodic arrays. An isolated multi-skyrmion typically has a regular, for example polyhedral, structure; and there are multi-monopoles which look very similar. However, when it comes to infinite arrays of solitons — chains, walls or crystals — then the skyrmion and monopole systems behave rather differently.

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Date of first online publication:April 2011
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