Magnetic flux, angular momentum, and statistics

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It is demonstrated that the orbital angular momentum lz of a particle of charge q orbiting around a tube with magnetic flux Φ is quantized in units lz=integer-qΦ2π. A very simple physical argument for this is presented, and applied to understand the Dirac quantization condition and the charge-spin relation for particles bound to magnetic monopoles. The unusual statistics of flux-tube-charged-particle composites is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1144-1146
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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