Magnetic Monopoles and Grand Unified Theories

  • D. I. Olive
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 7)


The first part of my talk is devoted to explaining why magnetic monopoles, for so long a theoretical curiosity, arise naturally in the grand unified gauge theories, currently thought to be a step on the way to ultimate synthesis of physics. Then I discuss the theoretical interest of having a Higgs field in the adjoint representation, and further of it having vanishing self-interaction. I end by commenting on the masses of the monopoles and their possible production in the early Universe.


Adjoint Representation Magnetic Charge Grand Unify Theory Magnetic Monopole Colour Group 
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  • D. I. Olive
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentImperial CollegeLondonUK

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