Skyrmions from instantons inside domain walls

Minoru Eto, Munetto Nitta, Keisuke Ohashi, David Tong

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Some years ago, Atiyah and Manton described a method to construct approximate Skyrmion solutions from Yang-Mills instantons. Here we present a dynamical realization of this construction using domain walls in a five-dimensional gauge theory. The non-Abelian gauge symmetry is broken in each vacuum but restored in the core of the domain wall, allowing instantons to nestle inside the wall. We show that the world volume dynamics of the wall is given by the Skyrme model, including the four-derivative term, and the instantons appear as domain wall Skyrmions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number252003
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 16
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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