Authors: Ali Reza Hadjesfandiari
Addresses: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA
Abstract: Based upon the Helmholtz decomposition theorem this paper shows that the field of a stationary magnetic monopole, assuming it exists, cannot be represented by a vector potential. Persisting to use vector potential in monopole representation violates fundamentals of mathematics. The importance of this finding is that the vector potential representation was crucial to the original prediction of the quantised value for a magnetic charge.
Keywords: magnetic monopole; Helmholtz decomposition theorem; generalised function; distribution function; Stokes theorem; vector potential representation.
International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 2009 Vol.34 No.1/2, pp.37 - 53
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