In theoretical physics, a skyrmion, conceived by Tony Skyrme, is a mathematical model used to model baryons (a subatomic particle).A skyrmion is a homotopically non-trivial classical solution of a nonlinear sigma model with a non-trivial target manifold topology: a particular case of a topological soliton. It arises, for example, in chiral models of mesons where the target manifold is a homogeneous space of

:SU(N)_L imes SU(N)_R ,

(the structure group),

:left(frac{SU(N)_L imes SU(N)_R}{SU(N)_{diag ight)


:SU(N)L and SU(N)R are the left and right copies respectively

:SU(N)diag is the diagonal subgroup

If spacetime has the topology S3×R (for space and time respectively), then classical configurations are classified by an integral winding number because the third homotopy group,

:pi_3left(frac{SU(N)_L imes SU(N)_R}{SU(N)_{diagcong SU(N) ight)=mathbb{Z}

(the congruence sign here refers to homeomorphism, not isomorphism).

It is possible to add a topological term to the chiral lagrangian whose integral only depends upon the homotopy class. This results in superselection sectors in the quantized model.

Skyrmions have been used to model baryons.

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* [ hep-ph/0202250 Stephen Wong: What exactly is a Skyrmion?]

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