We compute the dimension of the moduli space of gauge-inequivalent solutions to the Bogomolny equation on ℝ3 with prescribed singularities corresponding to the insertion of a finite number of ’t Hooft defects. We do this by generalizing the methods of C. Callias and E. Weinberg to the case of ℝ3 with a finite set of points removed. For a special class of Cartan-valued backgrounds we go further and construct an explicit basis of ℒ2-normalizable zero-modes. Finally we exhibit and study a two-parameter family of spherically symmetric singular monopoles, using the dimension formula to provide a physical interpretation of these configurations. This paper is the first in a series of three on singular monopoles, where we also explore the role they play in the contexts of intersecting D-brane systems and four-dimensional N =2 super Yang-Mills theories.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics