### Abstract

We review our recent works on solitons in U(N_{C}) gauge theories with N_{F}(≥N_{C}) Higgs fields in the fundamental representation, which possess eight super-charges. The moduli matrix is proposed as a crucial tool to exhaust all BPS solutions, and to characterize all possible moduli parameters. Since vacua are in the Higgs phase, we find domain walls (kinks) and vortices as the only elementary solitons. Stable monopoles and instantons can exist as composite solitons with vortices attached. Webs of walls are also found as another composite soliton. The moduli space of all these elementary as well as composite solitons are found in terms of the moduli matrix. The total moduli space of walls is given by the complex Grassmann manifold SU(N_{F})/[SU(N_{C}) × SU(N_{F} - N _{C}) × U(1)] and is decomposed into various topological sectors corresponding to boundary conditions specified by particular vacua. We found charges characterizing composite solitons contribute negatively (either positively or negatively) in Abelian (non-Abelian) gauge theories. Effective Lagrangians are constructed on walls and vortices in a compact form. The power of the moduli matrix is illustrated by an interaction rule of monopoles, vortices, and walls, which is difficult to obtain in other methods. More thorough description of the moduli matrix approach can be found in our review article^{1} (hep-th/0602170).

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of the Conference on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006 |

Pages | 58-71 |

Number of pages | 14 |

Publication status | Published - 2007 Dec 1 |

Event | 7th Workshop on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006 - Minneapolis, MN, United States Duration: 2006 May 11 → 2006 May 14 |

### Publication series

Name | Proceedings of the Conference on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006 |
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### Other

Other | 7th Workshop on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006 |
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Country | United States |

City | Minneapolis, MN |

Period | 06/5/11 → 06/5/14 |

### Keywords

- Higgs phase
- Moduli
- Soliton
- Supersymmetry

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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*Proceedings of the Conference on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006*(pp. 58-71). (Proceedings of the Conference on Continuous Advances in QCD 2006).