Solitons in supersymmetric gauge theories: Moduli matrix approach

Minoru Eto, Youichi Isozumi, Muneto Nitta, Keisuke Ohashi, Norisuke Sakai

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We review our recent works on solitons in U(NC) gauge theories with NF(≥NC) Higgs fields in the fundamental representation, which possess eight super-charges. The moduli matrix is proposed as a crucial tool to exhaust all BPS solutions, and to characterize all possible moduli parameters. Since vacua are in the Higgs phase, we find domain walls (kinks) and vortices as the only elementary solitons. Stable monopoles and instantons can exist as composite solitons with vortices attached. Webs of walls are also found as another composite soliton. The moduli space of all these elementary as well as composite solitons are found in terms of the moduli matrix. The total moduli space of walls is given by the complex Grassmann manifold SU(NF)/[SU(NC) × SU(NF - N C) × U(1)] and is decomposed into various topological sectors corresponding to boundary conditions specified by particular vacua. We found charges characterizing composite solitons contribute negatively (either positively or negatively) in Abelian (non-Abelian) gauge theories. Effective Lagrangians are constructed on walls and vortices in a compact form. The power of the moduli matrix is illustrated by an interaction rule of monopoles, vortices, and walls, which is difficult to obtain in other methods. More thorough description of the moduli matrix approach can be found in our review article1 (hep-th/0602170).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)981270552X, 9789812705525
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event7th Workshop on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: 2006 May 112006 May 14

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Conference on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006


Other7th Workshop on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Higgs phase
  • Moduli
  • Soliton
  • Supersymmetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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