Magnetic Monopoles

  • Richard A. CarriganJr.
  • W. Peter Trower

Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 102)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Overview

    1. Alfred S. Goldhaber
      Pages 1-15
    2. John Ellis
      Pages 17-40
    3. G. Giacomelli
      Pages 41-69
  3. Particle Models and Cosmology

    1. G. Lazarides
      Pages 71-80
    2. Alan H. Guth
      Pages 81-96
    3. Curtis G. Callan Jr.
      Pages 97-110
    4. John Preskill
      Pages 111-126
  4. Monopoles in the Universe

    1. Michael S. Turner
      Pages 127-140
    2. E. M. Purcell
      Pages 141-149
    3. Christopher T. Hill
      Pages 159-173
  5. Induction Experiments

  6. Ionization Experiments

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 329-337

About this book


In 1269 Petrus Peregrinus observed lines of force around a lodestone and noted that they were concentrated at two points which he designated as the north and south poles of the magnet. Subsequent observation has confirmed that all magnetic objects have paired regions of' opposite polarity, that is, all magnets are dipoles. It is easy to conceive of an isolated pole, which J.J. Thomson did in 1904 when he set his famous problem of the motion of an electron in the field of a magnetic charge. In 1931 P.A.M. Dirac solved this problem quantum mechanically and showed that the existence of a single magnet pole anywhere in the universe could explain the mystery of charge quantization. By late 1981, theoretical interest in monopoles had reached the point where a meeting was organized at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. Many mathematical properties of monopoles were discussed at length but there was only a solitary account describing experiments. This imbalance did not so much reflect the meeting's venue as it indicated the relative theoretical and experimental effort at that point.


astrophysics cosmic ray cosmology electron energy fields magnetic field physics plasma theoretical physics universe

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard A. CarriganJr.
    • 1
  • W. Peter Trower
    • 2
  1. 1.Fermi National Accelerator LaboratoryBataviaUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4615-7372-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-7370-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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