A point particle model of lightly bound skyrmions
journal contributionposted on 30.03.2017 by Mike Gillard, Derek Harland, Elliot Kirk, Ben Maybee, Martin Speight
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A simple model of the dynamics of lightly bound skyrmions is developed in which skyrmions are replaced by point particles, each carrying an internal orientation. The model accounts well for the static energy minimizers of baryon number 1 ≤B≤8obtained by numerical simulation of the full field theory. For 9 ≤B≤23, a large number of static solutions of the point particle model are found, all closely resembling size Bsubsets of a face centred cubic lattice, with the particle orientations dictated by a simple colouring rule. Rigid body quantization of these solutions is performed, and the spin and isospin of the corresponding ground states extracted. As part of the quantization scheme, an algorithm to compute the symmetry group of an oriented point cloud, and to determine its corresponding Finkelstein–Rubinstein constraints, is devised.
This research was funded by SCOAP³ - Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
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