Name Nick Manton Education University of Cambridge | Role Mathematician | |

Books Topological solitons, Topological Solitons. Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics |

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**Nicholas Stephen Manton** FRS is a British mathematical physicist. He is a Professor of Mathematical Physics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge and a fellow of St John's College.

## Contents

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- Education
- Research
- Awards and honours
- References

## Education

Manton earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1978, under the supervision of Peter Goddard. His thesis was entitled *Magnetic Monopoles and Other Extended Objects in Field Theory*.

## Research

Manton has made contributions to the theory of soliton-like particles in two and three dimensions. He calculated the forces between static and moving monopoles and vortices in gauge theories, leading to the geometrical idea of *moduli space* dynamics. This has been applied to the classical, quantum and statistical mechanics of solitons. He has also developed the theory of skyrmions as a soliton model of atomic nuclei.

He discovered the unstable *sphaleron* solution in the electroweak sector of the Standard Model of particle physics. The Higgs field is topologically twisted within a sphaleron. The sphaleron defines an energy scale for baryon and lepton number violation in the early universe — an energy scale within the range of the Large Hadron Collider. His other work includes the construction of a 10-dimensional theory containing supergravity and Yang–Mills theory, which is a low-energy limit of superstring theory.

## Awards and honours

Manton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1996.