Magnetic charge lattices, moduli spaces and fusion rules

L. Kampmeijer, J. K. Slingerland, B. J. Schroers, F. A. Bais

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We analyze the labelling and fusion properties of magnetic charge sectors consisting of smooth BPS monopoles in Yang-Mills-Higgs theory with arbitrary gauge group G spontaneously broken to a subgroup H. The magnetic charges are restricted by a generalized Dirac quantization condition and by an inequality due to Murray. Geometrically, the set of allowed charges is a solid cone in the coroot lattice of G, which we call the Murray cone. We argue that magnetic charge sectors correspond to points in this cone divided by the Weyl group of H so that magnetic charge sectors are labelled by dominant integral weights of the dual group H*. We define generators of the Murray cone modulo Weyl group, and interpret the monopoles in the associated magnetic charge sectors as basic; monopoles in sectors with decomposable charges are interpreted as composite configurations. This interpretation is supported by the dimensionality of the moduli spaces associated to the magnetic charges and by classical fusion properties for smooth monopoles in particular cases. Throughout the paper we compare our findings with corresponding results for singular monopoles recently obtained by Kapustin and Witten. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-435
Number of pages50
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Dual gauge group
  • Generating charges
  • Multi-monopole solutions
  • Non-abelian monopoles
  • Parameter counting
  • Stratified moduli spaces


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