Classically Spinning and Isospinning Solitons

R A Battye, M Haberichter

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    We investigate classically spinning topological solitons in (2 + 1)- and (3 + 1)-dimensional models; more explicitely spinning sigma model solitons in 2 + 1 dimensions and Skyrme solitons in 2 + 1 and 3 + 1 dimensions. For example, such types of solitons can be used to describe quasiparticle excitations in ferromagnetic quantum Hall systems or to model spin and isospin states of nuclei. The standard way to obtain solitons with quantised spin and isospin is the semiclassical quantization procedure: One parametrizes the zero-mode space - the space of energy-degenerate soliton configurations generated from a single soliton by spatial translations and rotations in space and isospace - by collective coordinates which are then taken to be time-dependent. This gives rise to additional dynamical terms in the Hamiltonian which can then be quantized following semiclassical quantization rules. A simplification which is often made in the literature is to apply a simple adiabatic approximation to the (iso) rotational zero modes of the soliton by assuming that the soliton's shape is rotational frequency independent. Our numerical results on classically spinning arbitrarily deforming soliton solutions clearly show that soliton deformation cannot be ignored.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)536-540
    Number of pages5
    JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • solitons
    • skyrme model
    • spinning skyrmions
    • quantization
    • numerical simulations
    • skyrmions
    • deuteron
    • dynamics


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