Thermal monopoles

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Evidence is given that some particles with large charges in gauge theories, including 4d N = 4 SU(3) and 5d theories with N = 1 supersymmetry,
have macroscopic entropy. The ground state entropy is found to be extensive in the
charges. The mass gap for excitation is estimated and is of the same order as the
binding energy. The question of the decay of excited states through Hawking radiation is raised. The analysis is based on the model of (p, q) string webs and on various other results. The evidence points to an explanation in terms of a string model.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2000


  • solitons monopoles and instantons
  • brane dynamics in gauge theories


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