Possible form of vacuum deformation by heavy particles

R. MacKenzie, F. Wilczek, A. Zee

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The possibility is discussed that the lowest-energy state for certain quantum numbers involves a Higgs field polarized into a skyrmion-type configuration. In some models a new type of vacuum instability arises. Phenomenological consequences are indicated schematically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2203-2206
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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