Noncovariance of the Schwinger Monopole

  • C. R. Hagen
Part of the Studies in the Natural Sciences book series (SNS, volume 10)


It is shown that a canonical formulation of the magnetic monopole cannot be covariant if one allows only couplings which are manifestly invariant under three dimensional rotation. Although Schwinger′s monopole theory allows a more general class of interaction terms, Lorentz invariance is found to be violated there as well. One is forced to conclude that there does not exist a consistent field theory of the monopole at the present time.


Magnetic Charge Lorentz Invariance Magnetic Monopole Fermion Field Magnetic Current 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Hagen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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