Student Colloquium: Chris Silkworth
Ben Dirac's Magnetic Monopole: By the central tenets of Einstein's special relativity, we know that electricity and magnetism are deeply intertwined. One can simply be cast as the other by way of a Lorentz transformation. Yet, they are hardly treated on a symmetric footing. The existence of an electric monopole with no apparent evidence of a magnetic counterpart leaves Maxwell's equations left wanting. In 1931 Paul Dirac published a paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, entitled "Quantized Singularities in the Electromagnetic Field", and in the paper he addresses the question, "What if we were to discover a magnetic monopole?". In this talk I will go over the construction of a magnetic monopole, the Aharonov - Bohm effect and the intriguing consequences that accompany them.
*Refreshments will be served*