Twisted superconducting semilocal strings

Péter Forgács, Sébastien Reuillon, Mikhail S. Volkov

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A new class of twisted, current carrying, stationary, straight string solutions having finite energy per unit length is constructed numerically in an extended Abelian Higgs model with global SU (2) symmetry. The new solutions correspond to deformations of the embedded Abrikosov-Nielsen-Olesen (ANO) vortices by a twist-a relative coordinate dependent phase between the two Higgs fields. The twist induces a global current flowing through the string, and the deformed solutions bifurcate with the ANO vortices in the limit of vanishing current. For each value of the winding number n = 1, 2, ... (determining the magnetic flux through the plane orthogonal to the string) there are n distinct, two-parametric families of solutions. One of the continuously varying parameters is the twist, or the corresponding current, the other one can be chosen to be the momentum of the string. For fixed values of the momentum and twist, the n distinct solutions have different energies and can be viewed as a lowest energy "fundamental" string and its n - 1 "excitations" characterized by different values of their "polarization". The latter is defined as the ratio of the angular momentum of the vortex and its momentum. In their rest frame the twisted vortices have lower energy than the embedded ANO vortices and could be of considerable importance in various physical systems (from condensed matter to cosmic strings).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-418
Number of pages29
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 11 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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