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Scattering of Skyrmions

Krusch, Steffen, Foster, David J (2015) Scattering of Skyrmions. Nuclear Physics B, 897 . pp. 697-716. ISSN 0550-3213. E-ISSN 1873-1562. (doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2015.06.011) (KAR id:46408)

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In this paper, we present a detailed study of Skyrmion-Skyrmion scattering for two B=1 Skyrmions in the attractive channel where we observe two different scattering regimes. For large separation, the scattering can be approximated as interacting dipoles. We give a qualitative estimate when this approximation breaks down. For small separations we observe an additional short-range repulsion which is qualitatively similar to monopole scattering. We also observe the interesting effect of "rotation without rotating" whereby two Skyrmions, whose orientations remain constant while well-separated, change their orientation after scattering. We can explain this effect by following preimages through the scattering process, thereby measuring which part of an in-coming Skyrmion forms part of an out-going Skyrmion. This leads to a new way of visualising Skyrmions. Furthermore, we consider spinning Skyrmions and find interesting trajectories.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2015.06.011
Projects: Skyrmion-Skyrmion Scattering and Nuclear Physics
Uncontrolled keywords: Skyrmions, Scattering, moduli space approximation, numerical simulation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA297 Numerical analysis
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA377 Partial differential equations
Q Science > QC Physics > QC174.12 Quantum theory > QC174.26.W28 Topological solitons
Q Science > QC Physics > QC20 Mathematical Physics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (
Depositing User: Steffen Krusch
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2014 17:25 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2024 10:50 UTC
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