Special Physics Colloquium: Professor Yossef Dothan Memorial Lecture: Solitons and Skyrmions

Professor Nicholas Manton, Cambridge

04 May 2014, 16:00 
Shenkar Building, Melamed Hall 006 
Special Physics Colloquium

The Emilio Segre Distinguished Lectures in Physics of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation 

Professor Yossef Dothan Memorial Lecture


Introductory Remarks: Prof. David Horn

Presentation of the “Academic Achievement” Scholarship by the Dothan Fund in memory of Professor Yossef Dothan 
to Ms. Shira Chapman – Ph.D. Student



Is a particle point-like? If not, how can we describe a particle of finite size? A point electron has an infinite electric field at its centre, and this leads to severe difficulties in classical electromagnetism. Solitons are particle-like objects that are smooth and of finite size. They occur in many nonlinear field theories. A Skyrmion is a good example. It appears in a physically sensible approximation to strong interaction physics, involving interacting pion fields. In this talk I will show how Skyrmions provide a model for protons and neutrons, and larger atomic nuclei.


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Organiser: Prof. Benni Reznik

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