Dirac Monopoles, from d = 2 to d = 5, Lecture I

  • F. Alexander Bais
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 115)


We review abelian (Dirac type) monopole solutions in an increasing number of dimensions. In doing so, we tie together three remarkable ideas, all of which date back to the twenties and thirties; the Dirac monopole (1931), the Hopf map (bundle) (1931) and the Kaluza-Klein dimensional reduction (compactification) scheme. Starting from Maxwell’s equations on the two sphere, we arrive via euclidean selfdual Einstein spaces, at the recently discovered Kaluza-Klein monopoles. These are regular time independent solutions to the five-dimensional theory of general relativity corresponding to monopoles in the Kaluza-Klein frame-work. Various properties of these solutions are briefly discussed.


Dirac Equation Dirac Operator Zero Mode Anomalous Magnetic Moment Spin Connection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Alexander Bais
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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUtrechtThe Netherlands

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