SU (N) BPS monopoles in M2×S2

Fabrizio Canfora, Gianni Tallarita

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We extend the investigation of BPS saturated 't Hooft-Polyakov monopoles in M2×S2 to the general case of SU(N) gauge symmetry. This geometry causes the resulting N-1 coupled nonlinear ordinary differential equations for the N-1 monopole profiles to become autonomous. One can also define a flat limit in which the curvature of the background metric is arbitrarily small but the simplifications brought in by the geometry remain. We prove analytically that nontrivial solutions in which the profiles are not proportional can be found. Moreover, we construct numerical solutions for N=2,3 and 4. The presence of the parameter N allows one to take a smooth large N limit which greatly simplifies the treatment of the infinite number of profile function equations. We show that, in this limit, the system of infinitely many coupled ordinary differential equations for the monopole profiles reduces to a single two-dimensional nonlinear partial differential equation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085033
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 23 Apr 2015


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