## Abstract

We argue that the relevant higher gauge group for the non-abelian generalization of the self-dual string equation is the string 2-group. We then derive the corresponding equations of motion and discuss their properties. The underlying geometric picture is a string structure, i.e., a categorified principal bundle with connection whose structure 2-group is the string 2-group. We readily write down the explicit elementary solution to our equations, which is the categorified analogue of the ’t Hooft–Polyakov monopole. Our solution passes all the relevant consistency checks; in particular, it is globally defined on R^{4} and approaches the abelian self-dual string of charge one at infinity. We note that our equations also arise as the BPS equations in a recently proposed six-dimensional superconformal field theory and we show that with our choice of higher gauge structure, the action of this theory can be reduced to four-dimensional supersymmetric Yang–Mills theory.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1001–1042 |

Number of pages | 42 |

Journal | Letters in Mathematical Physics |

Volume | 110 |

Early online date | 18 Dec 2019 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - May 2020 |

## Keywords

- Higher gauge theory
- Self-dual strings
- String group
- Strong homotopy lie algebras
- Superconformal field theories

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics