Vortex duality in higher dimensions

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Vortex duality in higher dimensions

Title: Vortex duality in higher dimensions
Author: Beekman, Aron Jonathan
Publisher: Lorentz Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2011-12-01
Keywords: Duality
Quantum phase transitions
Topological defects
Abstract: A dynamic vortex line traces out a world sheet in spacetime. This thesis shows that the information of all its dynamic behaviour is completely contained in the world sheet. Furthermore a mathematical framework for order–disorder phase transitions in terms of the proliferation of such vortex world sheets is presented, leading to the prediction of quantized vortex lines of electric current in phase-disordered superconductors.
Description: Promotor: J. Zaanen
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Beekman, A.J., 2011, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: Casimir PhD Series;2011-24
ISBN: 9789085931133
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/18169

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