# School of Mathematics

## Dr Derek G Harland

Associate Professor in Geometry

Pure Mathematics

### Contact details

Room: 8.06

Tel: +44 (0)113 3435152

Email: D.G.Harland @ leeds.ac.uk

### Keywords

Topological solitons

Gauge theory

Monopoles

Instantons

Skyrmions

## Research interests

In theoretical physics and in differential geometry one often encounters the problem finding minima of an "energy functional" defined over an infinite-dimensional configuration space. Typically the configuration space might be a space of maps between manifolds, or a space of connections on and sections of a vector bundle. The study of such critical points may provide non-trivial information about the underlying manifolds and the physics involved. Two systems I am currently interested in are the Yang-Mills-Higgs, Yang-Mills and Skyrme energy functionals, whose critical points are called "monopoles", "instantons" and "skyrmions" respectively. Some of my recent work has looked at such systems on manifolds of relatively high dimension.

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## Current postgraduate students

Joshua Cork (2014)

Ben Daniel-Thorpe (2016)

Joe Driscoll (2016)

## Publications

**Gillard M, Harland D, Kirk E, Maybee B, Speight M** A point particle model of lightly bound skyrmions *Nuclear Physics B*, **917**, 286-316, 2017

DOI:10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2017.01.027

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**Charbonneau B, Harland D** Deformations of Nearly Kähler Instantons *Communications in Mathematical Physics*, **348**, 959-990, 2016

DOI:10.1007/s00220-016-2675-y

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**Harland D, Nogradi D** On the charge density and asymptotic tail of a monopole *JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS*, **57**, 2016

DOI:10.1063/1.4941982

**Bolognesi S, Harland D, Sutcliffe P** Magnetic bags in hyperbolic space *Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology*, **92**, 2015

DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.92.025052

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**Gillard M, Harland D, Speight M** Skyrmions with low binding energies *Nuclear Physics B*, **895**, 272-287, 2015

DOI:10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2015.04.005

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**Harland D** Topological energy bounds for the Skyrme and Faddeev models with massive pions *Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics*, **728**, 518-523, 2014

DOI:10.1016/j.physletb.2013.11.062

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**Harland D, Jäykkä J, Shnir Y, Speight M** Isospinning hopfions *Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical*, **46**, 2013

DOI:10.1088/1751-8113/46/22/225402

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**Dooley S, McCrossan F, Harland D, Everitt MJ, Spiller TP** Collapse and revival and cat states with an N-spin system *Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics*, **87**, 2013

DOI:10.1103/PhysRevA.87.052323

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**Harland D, Everitt MJ, Nemoto K, Tilma T, Spiller TP** Towards a complete and continuous Wigner function for an ensemble of spins or qubits *Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics*, **86**, 2012

DOI:10.1103/PhysRevA.86.062117

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**Harland D, Palmer S, Sämann C** Magnetic domains *Journal of High Energy Physics*, **2012**

DOI:10.1007/JHEP10(2012)167

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**Foster D, Harland D** Helical buckling of Skyrme-Faddeev solitons *Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences*, **468**, 3172-3190, 2012

DOI:10.1098/rspa.2012.0132

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**Harland D, Nölle C** Instantons and Killing spinors *Journal of High Energy Physics*, **2012**

DOI:10.1007/JHEP03(2012)082

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**Harland D, Popov AD** Yang-Mills fields in flux compactifications on homogeneous manifolds with SU(4)-structure *Journal of High Energy Physics*, **2012**

DOI:10.1007/JHEP02(2012)107

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**Harland DG** The large N limit of the Nahm transform *Communications in Mathematical Physics*, **311**, 689-712, 2011

DOI:10.1007/s00220-011-1378-7

**Harland D, Speight M, Sutcliffe P** Hopf solitons and elastic rods *PHYSICAL REVIEW D*, **83**, 2011

DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.83.065008

**Harland D, Speight M, Sutcliffe P** Hopf solitons and elastic rods *Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology*, **83**, 2011

DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.83.065008

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**Harland DG, Ivanova TA, Lechtenfeld O, Popov AD** Yang-Mills flows on nearly Kaehler manifolds and G_2-instantons *Communications in Mathematical Physics*, **300**, 185-204, 2010

DOI:10.1007/s00220-010-1115-7

**Harland D** Kinks, chains, and loop groups in theℂℙn sigma models *Journal of Mathematical Physics*, **50**, 2009

DOI:10.1063/1.3266172

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**Harland D, Kürkçüoǧlu S** Equivariant reduction of Yang-Mills theory over the fuzzy sphere and the emergent vortices *Nuclear Physics B*, **821**, 380-398, 2009

DOI:10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2009.06.031

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**Harland D, Ward RS** Dynamics of periodic monopoles *Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics*, **675**, 262-266, 2009

DOI:10.1016/j.physletb.2009.03.074

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**Harland D, Ward RS** Chains of skyrmions *JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS*, 2008

**Harland D** Hyperbolic calorons, monopoles, and instantons *Communications in Mathematical Physics*, **280**, 727-735, 2008

DOI:10.1007/s00220-008-0471-z

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**Harland D, Ward RS** Walls and chains of planar Skyrmions *Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology*, **77**, 2008

DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.77.045009

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**Harland D** Large scale and large period limits of symmetric calorons *Journal of Mathematical Physics*, **48**, 2007

DOI:10.1063/1.2768186

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