Prof Paul Sutcliffe
Professor of Mathematical Physics, Durham University
Non-abelian Yang-Mills-Higgs gauge theories have classical solutions that describe magnetic monopoles. These are stable soliton solutions with no singularties, that have the same long-range electromagnetic fields as those of a Dirac monopole. There are also multi-monopole solutions that have surprising symmetries, including those of the platonic solids.
Speaker's biography: Paul Sutcliffe is Professor of Mathematical Physics at Durham University. He obtained his degree and PhD from Durham and had postdoc positions in Edinburgh, Paris and Cambridge. He was a professor at the University of Kent before moving back to Durham in 2006. He was awarded the London Mathematical Society Whitehead Prize in 2006.