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Wave function constrained to a fixed trajectory? Really?

this is probably a very stupid question. First of all, I'm a mathematician so please try to use coordinate-free notations. It's often used in quantum mechanics a wave function depending on a fixed ...
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Why Dirac monopole is a topological defect in a $U(1)$ gauge theory? [duplicate]

How does $U(1)$ gauge group at long distances, give rise to magnetic monopoles? Also why is it said that Dirac monopole is a topological defect in a compact $U(1)$ gauge theory?
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Dirac string and Nielsen–Ninomiya theorem

Nielsen–Ninomiya theorem states that in a lattice system one can not have just one chiral fermion. Fermions necessarily come in pairs of opposite chirality. I am wondering if one can "explain" this ...
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Distinction of Dirac monopole and Polyakov-'t Hooft monopole

Can anybody explain the physical difference between Dirac monopole and Polyakov monopole? First, let me write down what I know briefly. Dirac monopole It comes from the symmetry of Maxwell ...
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Vector potential in presence of monopole [duplicate]

In this paper http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~jus/0302/song.pdf when Song was explaining dirac string. He said "In the presence of a magnetic monopole, the vector potential cannot be defined everywhere. ...
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Magnetic monopole and vector potential

Does anyone know how to prove (in a simple way if possible) that it is impossible to define a single-valued globally defined magnetic vector potential $\vec{A}$ on the manifold ...
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Quantum ring and Dirac Quanitzation

I had a small question. If you look at the energy eigenvalue problem for a particle restricted to a ring, you get $$E_n = \frac{\hbar^2n^2}{2mR^2}.$$ If you then put a solenoid inside the ring, then ...
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Explanation for the physics behind magnetic monopoles?

Ok so I am looking for a simple explanation of how the process is done from the information I could access and the knowledge I was allowed I have the idea that it is a matter of quantum physics and ...
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Are the recently observed Dirac monopoles separable?

I just went through Observation of Dirac monopoles in a synthetic magnetic field. What exactly has been observed? More importantly, are these monopoles localized inside the apparatus (no stray ...
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Magnetic monopoles in spin ice and Dirac string comparison

In spin ice systems magnetic monopole-like excitations are sources or sinks of $H$, not the $B$ field, why is that? Is it because the strings carries magnetic moment $M$ and not solenoidal $B$ filed ...
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What do we mean when we say the QM wave function is a section of the $U(1)$ bundle?

I have a couple questions here. To keep the discussion simple lets stick to the following case: what is the quantum mechanics of a single particle in the presence of a background EM field, such as ...
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Dirac magnetic monopoles and quark fractional electric charge quantization

When applying the Dirac quantization rule for electric and magnetic charge, I assume one is considering unit electric charges such as electrons. How does the Dirac quantization rule apply for the ...
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Dirac magnetic monopoles and electric charge quantization

Wikipedia describes how assuming the existence of a single magnetic monopole leads to electric charge quantization. But what if there's more than one? The same argument would apply to each of them ...
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Proof of quantization of magnetic charge of monopoles using homotopy groups

Suppose we place a monopole at the origin $\{{\bf 0}\}$, and the gauge field is well-definded in region $\mathbb R^3-\{0\}$ which is homomorphic to a sphere $S^2$. Then the total manifold is $U(1)$ ...
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First Chern number, monoples and quantum Hall states

The first Chern number $\cal C$ is known to be related to various physical objects. Gauge fields are known as connections of some principle bundles. In particular, principle $U(1)$ bundle is said to ...
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can one introduce magnetic monopoles without Dirac strings?

To introduce magnetic monopoles in Maxwell equations, Dirac uses special strings, that are singularities in space, allowing potentials to be gauge potentials. A consequence of this is the quantization ...
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Why do we like gauge potentials so much?

Today I read articles and texts about Dirac monopoles and I have been wondering about the insistence on gauge potentials. Why do they seem (or why are they) so important to create a theory about ...
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Dirac string on (periodic) compact space

For a non-compact space, the Dirac string can be defined as a line joining the Dirac monopole to infinity (or another Dirac monopole). The region where the gauge connection is ill-defined. (as can be ...