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Homework Help: Why is the solution of the phi^6 potential not a soliton?

  1. May 8, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider a theory with a [itex]\phi^6[/itex]-scalar potential:

    [itex]\mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu\phi)^2-\phi^2(\phi^2-1)^2.[/itex]

    Why is the solution to the equation of motion not a soliton?

    2. Relevant equations

    [itex]\phi''=\frac{\partial V}{\partial\phi}[/itex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    \phi'=\pm \sqrt{2V}\\
    \Rightarrow\phi(x)= \frac{e^x}{\sqrt{e^{2x}-C_1}}-\frac{e^{-x}}{\sqrt{e^{-2x}-C_2}}[/itex]

    Yet the solution on the last line is not a soliton. Why is that so?
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  3. May 13, 2015 #2
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  4. May 13, 2015 #3
    More generally, one has

    [itex]\mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu\phi)^2-(\phi^2-\epsilon)(\phi^2-1)^2[/itex]

    in which case there is no soliton, since the energy, defined as [itex]E=\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}dx [\frac{\phi'^2}{2}+V(\phi)][/itex] is such that

    [itex]\lim_{t\to +\infty}E(t) = -\infty[/itex]

    for [itex]\epsilon\neq 0[/itex] and hence is topologically unstable.
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