A magnetic monopole is a hypothetical particle with only one magnetic pole. Their magnetic fields would not be divergence-less. Predicted by certain modern theories, including string theory, supergravity, and various popular grand unified theories.

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What is the explanation of the non-existence of magnetic monopoles? [closed]

Electric monopoles do exist, but why cannot magnetic monopoles exist? I know that magnets have two different poles, and when we cut them, both pieces will have again two different poles. But why does ...
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Is it possible to separate the poles of a magnet?

It might seem common sense that when we split a magnet we get 2 magnets with their own N-S poles. But somehow, I find it hard to accept this fact. (Which I now know is stated by the magnetic Gauss's ...
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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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Why do physicists believe that there exist magnetic monopoles?

One thing I've heard stated many times is that "most" or "many" physicists believe that, despite the fact that they have not been observed, there are such things as magnetic monopoles. However, I've ...
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Magnetic monopoles in field theory

In standard QED, we couple the electron to electromagnetism by replacing $$\partial_\mu \to \partial_\mu + i e A_\mu.$$ Upon taking the classical limit, we find that this gives electrons an electric ...
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Why is Seiberg duality called an electromagnetic duality?

An electromagnetic duality is a duality that maps electric to magnetic degrees of freedom of two distinct theories. Apart from source-less Maxwell electrodynamics, other theories require magnetic ...
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Question from Terning's book

In Chapter 7 of Terning's book (Modern Supersymmetry), the first example considered is that of an SO(3) gauge theory, a complex scalar in the triplet representation of SO(3) and a potential term: $$\...
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Magnetic monopoles gauge theories

I'm quoting 't Hooft: "[...] Locally stable field configurations may exist that have some topological twist in them [...].Careful analysis of the existing Lie groups and the way they may be ...
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Left-right topology

Are there non-trivial topological solutions (in particular 't Hooft-Polyakov magnetic monopoles) associated with the (local) breaking \begin{equation} SU(2)_R \times SU(2)_L \times U(1)_{B-L} \to SU(...
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What could magnetic monopoles do that electrically charged particles can't?

I understand the significance to physics, but what can a magnetic monopole be used for assuming we could free them from spin ice and put them to work? What would be a magnetic version of electricity? ...
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Creating a Magnetic Monopole through a torus [duplicate]

Could you create a magnet in shape of a hollow torus and magnetize it so that the interior is south and the exterior is north in order for it to act as a monopole? Is that possible? Thanks
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Magnetic monopole in arbitrary dimension

Assume we have D-dimensional space-time in spherical coordinates $(t, r, \theta_1, ..., \theta_k)$. We have Maxwell equations for $k$-form $F^{\alpha_1, ..., \alpha_k}$ $$\partial_{\mu} F^{\mu \...
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Some questions about gauge theory

Let's talk quantum mechanics. I have a charged particle moving on a sphere. It has a wave function $\psi$. At time $t=0$, there is no magnetic flux piercing the sphere. Instantaneously, I introduce a ...
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How to demagnetize a magnet temporarily?

How to demagnetize a magnet temporarily? Is it possible making a permanent magnet demagnetize for a short span of time? Or at least long time but temporarily!
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Why are magnets in form of hollow sphere not a magnetic monopole? [closed]

If I place many micro-bar-magnets on the surface of hollow sphere such that the pole of every magnet points towards the same side then, you could imagine that a monopole would be produced. So, I just ...
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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 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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No monopoles in the Weinberg-Salam model

I'm reading Chapter 10.4 on the 't Hooft-Polyakov monopoles in Ryder's Quantum Field Theory. On page 412 he explains why magnetic monopoles cannot appear in the Weinberg-Salam model. I'm I right by ...
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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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A question from A.Zee's Nutshell

When discussing topological monopole in Page 309, A.Zee wrote: But I am still not clear how the mass of topological monopole which is related to the mass of intermediate vector boson of the weak ...
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Is there any property of a neutrino that prevents it from being considered the missing monopole that will make Maxwell's equations symetric

The zero in Gauss's magnetic law, is it an approximation? Could it be in reality be a really tiny number like the magnetic field strength of a neutrino? Neutrinos are members of the Lepton family ...
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Theoretical magnetic Monopole

I'm trying to solve question B2 on the 2012 USAPHO semifinal exam (last page). The solutions are here on the last three pages. I don't understand the following line: The flux through the loop ...
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Plane-wave wave function in 3D with vector potential

I was looking into a monopole scattering problem in 3D with magnetic potential. What would be the most general incident plane wave solution ? The way I see this is that I need to ensure that current ...
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Permanent Magnet Lines & Currents:

A permanent magnet produces lines of magnet flux that we call a "magnetic field". Those lines come from inside the magnet, come out of the N pole, loop outside the magnet, & return back into the ...
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Is it possible to make an electromagnet with two like ends?

Is it possible to create an electromagnet with one continuous wire with 2 like poles (i.e. both ends either north or south)?. Visualising it with the right hand screw rule for current carrying coils,...
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Purpose of magnetic charge and current density

I am aware that introducing a magnetic charge density and a magnetic current density makes Maxwell's equations much more symmetric. But in what situations/problems is this beneficial? Could someone ...
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How to make a monopole magnet?

I want to create a monopole magnet. Is this practically / theoretically possible?
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Can the poles of a magnet have varying intensity?

In re-reading Is it possible to separate the poles of a magnet? (amongst others) the question mentioned in the title here just occurred to me. It may not be possible, at our current levels of ...
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Dirac monopole of Berry curvature?

We know that there is an effective "magnetic field" in terms of Berry curvature, which leads to Luttinger's anomalous velocity, etc; and similarly there is also a "magnetic flux", which appears in ...
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Magnetic monopole using differential forms

I'm trying to understand the different variations of the Maxwell's equations using differential forms. The Maxwell's equations are $$dF=0\\ *d*F=J$$ where $F$ is the electromagnetic tensor ($F=dA$) ...
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Search for unpublished note on Magnetic Monopole Detection

Design of an electromagnetic detector for Dirac monopoles by Luis Alvarez This is an unpublished 1963 note from Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (Physics Note 470), and is heavily cited in all papers on ...
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How we can detect a magnetic monopole? [duplicate]

How we can detect magnet monopole? How we can distinguish it from electric monopole? If we change E to B and B to -E in Maxwell's equations we get proper equations for charge and current density which ...
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How would I go about detecting monopoles?

A question needed for a "solid" sci-fi author: How to detect a strong magnetic monopole? (yes, I know no such thing is to be found on Earth). Think of basic construction details, principles of ...
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Magnetic monopole bound state

Magnetic monopole (mm) bound states Background: I'm an experimentalist, simple equations are appreciated. (Complicated equations are fine, as long as I can ask questions.) This is one of many ...
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Total angular momentum of electron in a magnetic field

In this question: Electron in the proximity of a magnetic monopole It is stated that for an electron in the magnetic field of a monopole, $ \vec{B}(\vec{r}) = \frac{g}{r^3}\vec{r} $ , that the ...
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Dyon condensation and generalized Meissner effect

In section 2.B of Metlitski and Vishwanath's paper: "Generally condensation of a dyon with charges $(q,m)$ gives rise to an analogue of a Meissner effect for the gauge field combination $q\vec{b}-2\...
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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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What is the difference between Reissner-Nordstrom (RN) black hole and dyonic black hole?

A RN black hole is a black hole with electric charge, and a dyonic black hole with both electric charge and magnetic charge. My Questions: Is the above statement correct? Is the charges the unique ...
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Coupling an electric charge to a gauge field. How is it done in this setup?

In page 9 of Tachikawa's N=2 susy dynamics for pedestrians it says that an electric particle with charge $n$ in the first quantised setup (in what sense first quantised?), Wick rotated to Euclidean ...
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Instantons and Fivebranes

What is the general relationship between instantons and fivebranes? In the paper ``Magnetic Monopoles in String Theory'' by Gauntlett, Harvey and Liu, the authors state the fivebrane ansatz of ...
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Quantising the magnetic monopoles the make Maxwell symmetric

I don't believe this has already been asked, but I might be wrong; sorry. One can add a magnetic charge density/magnetic monopoles to Maxwell's equations to make the theory symmetric between the ...
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The magnetic field of a magnetic monopole

Let us define the magnetic field $$\vec{B} = g\frac{\vec{r}}{r^3}$$ for some constant $g$. How can we show that the divergence of this field correspond to the charge distribution of a single magnetic ...
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Would magnetic charge (i.e., magnetic monopoles) be Lorentz invariant if it existed?

Would magnetic charge (i.e., magnetic monopoles) be Lorentz invariant if it existed? It is clear that Maxwell's equations in themselves permit magnetic charges but what would their relativistic ...
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Poincaré' lemma and EM potential $A^{\mu}$

My lecturer said that given the sourceless Maxwell's equations $$ \partial_{\mu}\, ^ *F^{\mu\nu} = 0 $$, we can find a solution $$ F^{\mu\nu} = \partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu},$$ that ...
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Experiments looking for monopoles

Background: (skip it if you know it) In the easiest formulation of classical electromagnetism magnetic monopoles do not exist. In fact, the Maxwell's equation $\nabla \cdot \vec{B}=0$ implies (using ...
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Experiments or phenomenon to falsify the existence of monopoles?

This is a related, but opposite question to this one I have heard about a lot of things regarding elementary and GUT magnetic monopoles, as well the quasiparticle monopoles in spin ice Since there's ...
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What is the assurance that a magnetic monopole (if created) can be detected through the MoEDAL Experiment?

Please refer to this paper (http://web.mit.edu/ellisk/www/monopoles.pdf). It says in the Section B, ... One search technique relies upon the fact that, just as an electric current produces a ...
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What will be the motion of an electron kept at rest in the vicinity of a magnetic monopole?

Consider that both an electron and a magnetic monopole are kept at rest close to each other. Will this result any motion of the electron? If yes, please give a derivation of the equation of motion.
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How are the Lorentz force, Maxwell's third law and Faraday's law of induction clasically related?

Faraday's law of induction can be used in any situation where the magnetic flux is changing through a closed conducting loop. While giving the correct answer, it seems to me that for the following ...