# Classical Solutions in Quantum Field Theory: Solitons and Instantons in High Energy Physics (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics)

Cambridge University Press

Edition: Illustrated, 8/16/2012

EAN 9780521114639, ISBN10: 0521114632

Hardcover, 342 pages, 24.8 x 17.8 x 2.5 cm

Language: English

Originally published in English

Classical solutions play an important role in quantum field theory, high-energy physics and cosmology. Real-time soliton solutions give rise to particles, such as magnetic monopoles, and extended structures, such as domain walls and cosmic strings, that have implications for early universe cosmology. Imaginary-time Euclidean instantons are responsible for important nonperturbative effects, while Euclidean bounce solutions govern transitions between metastable states. Written for advanced graduate students and researchers in elementary particle physics, cosmology and related fields, this book brings the reader up to the level of current research in the field. The first half of the book discusses the most important classes of solitons: kinks, vortices and magnetic monopoles. The cosmological and observational constraints on these are covered, as are more formal aspects, including BPS solitons and their connection with supersymmetry. The second half is devoted to Euclidean solutions, with particular emphasis on YangÃ¢â‚¬â€œMills instantons and on bounce solutions.

1. Introduction

2. One-dimensional solitons

3. Solitons in more dimensions - vortices and strings

4. Some topology

5. Magnetic monopoles with U(1) charges

6. Magnetic monopoles in larger gauge groups

7. Cosmological implications and experimental bounds

8. BPS solitons, supersymmetry, and duality

9. Euclidean solutions

10. YangÃ¢â‚¬â€œMills instantons

11. Instantons, fermions, and physical consequences

12. Vacuum decay

Appendixes

References

Index.