Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics: Topological and Non-Topological Solitons in Scalar Field Theories

Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics: Topological and Non-Topological Solitons in Scalar Field Theories

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Solitons emerge in various non-linear systems as stable localized configurations, behaving in many ways like particles, from non-linear optics and condensed matter to nuclear physics, cosmology and supersymmetric theories. This book provides an introduction to integrable and non-integrable scalar field models with topological and non-topological soliton solutions. Focusing on both topological and non-topological solitons, it brings together debates around solitary waves and construction of soliton solutions in various models and provides a discussion of solitons using simple model examples. These include the Kortenweg-de-Vries system, sine-Gordon model, kinks and oscillons, and skyrmions and hopfions. The classical field theory of scalar field in various spatial dimensions is used throughout the book in presentation of related concepts, both at the technical and conceptual level. Providing a comprehensive introduction to the description and construction of solitons, this book is ideal for researchers and graduate students in mathematics and theoretical physics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 179 x 252 x 21mm | 650g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises; 2 Tables, black and white; 35 Halftones, black and white; 35 Line drawings, black and white
  • 1108429912
  • 9781108429917
  • 2,004,566

Table of contents

Preface; Part I. Kinks and Solitary Waves: 1. Sine-Gordon model; 2. Kinks in the models with polynomial potentials; 3. Non-topological solitons: Korteweg-de-Vries system; Part II. O(3) Sigma Model, Lumps and Baby Skyrmions: 4. O(3) Non-linear sigma model; 5. Baby skyrmions; Part III. Q-balls, Skyrmions and Hopfions: 6. Q-balls; 7. Skyrmions; 8. Hopfions; References; Index.
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About Yakov M. Shnir

Yakov M. Shnir is the Leading Researcher at the Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna and he holds a part time position of Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Belarusian State University in Minsk. His research focuses on topological and non-topological solitons in classical field theory in flat and curved space-time. He has been involved in many of the recent developments in this area, in particular in investigating chaotic structures in dynamics of solitons, construction of knotted solutions in the Bose-Einstein condensate and analysis of thermodynamic properties of hairy black holes.
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