Self-dual Chern-Simons theories. (English) Zbl 0834.58001

Lecture Notes in Physics. New Series m: Monographs. m36. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. x, 217 p. (1995).
Self-dual Chern-Simons theories form a new class of self-dual gauge theories and provide a field theoretical formulation of anyonic excitations in planar systems.
Much of the recent attention to these theories is due to the surprising and novel ways in which they differ from the standard Maxwell or Yang- Mills gauge theories. These Chern-Simons theories provide models which possess Bogomol’nyi energy bounds, topological charges, vortex solutions, and supersymmetric extensions, features which are familiar from other well-known self-dual systems as instantons, monopoles and vortices.
This volume is intended to provide a pedagogical introduction to the subject of self-dual Chern-Simons theories, and presents their basic features and properties. It contains an extensive bibliography and an annotated overview of more recent and current works. The intended audience includes graduate students familiar with gauge theory, pure and applied mathematicians, and researchers in related fields.


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