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Pedagogical introduction to vortex, domain wall, and kink

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Recently, Majorana fermions became a hot topic in condensed matter physics. The concepts: vortex, domain wall, and kink often appear in these articles about Majorana fermions. I have no idea about the different characteristic of these concepts.

Please give a pedagogical introduction to these definitions and list the common and different characteristic of the vortex, domain wall, and kink in detail.


This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-10-23 07:17 (UTC), posted by SE-user ZuoZW

asked Oct 21, 2014 in Resources and References by ZuoZW (0 points) [ revision history ]
edited Oct 28, 2014 by suresh

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The first reference that comes to mind is Coleman's classic textbook, Aspects of Symmetry. Despite that, you can also find a self contained introduction in Tong's lectures notes  and another reference I like a lot is Shifman's Advanced topics in Quantum Field Theory.

I hope this helps. 

P.S. Can someone let me know how I can make a link like above but with a different title than the actuall website I am linking too? I cannot find such an option when I am trying to post a link like above. Update: Thanks to Dilaton I ve edited the links ;)

answered Oct 25, 2014 by conformal_gk (3,535 points) [ revision history ]
edited Oct 25, 2014 by conformal_gk
Hi @conformal_gk you can just write the title of the link, then highlight it, and choose the buton with the infinity symbol to insert the URL you want to link to.

Thanks a lot Dilaton. 

The infinity symbol is in fact the abstraction of a link in a real chain!

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Try Cosmic strings and other topological defects, and topological solitons... both excellent monographs on solitons. The former more geared to the "physics", the latter to "maths". Both excellent texts.

answered Nov 18, 2015 by jpoffline (30 points) [ no revision ]
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I think this is a good book too (discusses classical and quantum mechanical) .Maybe here  you find good information too. 

answered Oct 28, 2014 by Outlander (95 points) [ no revision ]

Can you please add a description to go with the links? That way,  one doesn't need to click a link to figure out the reference.

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