130 research outputs found

    A Symmetry Breaking Scenario for QCD3_3

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    We consider the dynamics of 2+1 dimensional SU(N)SU(N) gauge theory with Chern-Simons level kk and NfN_f fundamental fermions. By requiring consistency with previously suggested dualities for Nf2kN_f\leq 2k as well as the dynamics at k=0k=0 we propose that the theory with Nf>2kN_f> 2k breaks the U(Nf)U(N_f) global symmetry spontaneously to U(Nf/2+k)×U(Nf/2k)U(N_f/2+k)\times U(N_f/2-k). In contrast to the 3+1 dimensional case, the symmetry breaking takes place in a range of quark masses and not just at one point. The target space never becomes parametrically large and the Nambu-Goldstone bosons are therefore not visible semi-classically. Such symmetry breaking is argued to take place in some intermediate range of the number of flavors, 2k<Nf<N(N,k)2k< N_f< N_*(N,k), with the upper limit NN_* obeying various constraints. The Lagrangian for the Nambu-Goldstone bosons has to be supplemented by nontrivial Wess-Zumino terms that are necessary for the consistency of the picture, even at k=0k=0. Furthermore, we suggest two scalar dual theories in this range of NfN_f. A similar picture is developed for SO(N)SO(N) and Sp(N)Sp(N) gauge theories. It sheds new light on monopole condensation and confinement in the SO(N)SO(N) and Spin(N)Spin(N) theories.Comment: 25 pages, 6 figures. v2 added references, minor corrections, new material about symmetry breaking in U(1) gauge theorie

    Convexity and Liberation at Large Spin

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    We consider several aspects of unitary higher-dimensional conformal field theories (CFTs). We first study massive deformations that trigger a flow to a gapped phase. Deep inelastic scattering in the gapped phase leads to a convexity property of dimensions of spinning operators of the original CFT. We further investigate the dimensions of spinning operators via the crossing equations in the light-cone limit. We find that, in a sense, CFTs become free at large spin and 1/s is a weak coupling parameter. The spectrum of CFTs enjoys additivity: if two twists tau_1, tau_2 appear in the spectrum, there are operators whose twists are arbitrarily close to tau_1+tau_2. We characterize how tau_1+tau_2 is approached at large spin by solving the crossing equations analytically. We find the precise form of the leading correction, including the prefactor. We compare with examples where these observables were computed in perturbation theory, or via gauge-gravity duality, and find complete agreement. The crossing equations show that certain operators have a convex spectrum in twist space. We also observe a connection between convexity and the ratio of dimension to charge. Applications include the 3d Ising model, theories with a gravity dual, SCFTs, and patterns of higher spin symmetry breaking.Comment: 61 pages, 13 figures. v2: added reference and minor correctio

    Cardy Formulae for SUSY Theories in d=4 and d=6

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    We consider supersymmetric theories on a space with compact space-like slices. One can count BPS representations weighted by (-1)^F, or, equivalently, study supersymmetric partition functions by compactifying the time direction. A special case of this general construction corresponds to the counting of short representations of the superconformal group. We show that in four-dimensional N=1 theories the "high temperature" asymptotics of such counting problems is fixed by the anomalies of the theory. Notably, the combination a-c of the trace anomalies plays a crucial role. We also propose similar formulae for six-dimensional (1,0) theories.Comment: 33 pages; added reference

    Curious Aspects of Three-Dimensional N=1{\cal N}=1 SCFTs

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    We study the dynamics of certain 3d N=1{\cal N}=1 time reversal invariant theories. Such theories often have exact moduli spaces of supersymmetric vacua. We propose several dualities and we test these proposals by comparing the deformations and supersymmetric ground states. First, we consider a theory where time reversal symmetry is only emergent in the infrared and there exists (nonetheless) an exact moduli space of vacua. This theory has a dual description with manifest time reversal symmetry. Second, we consider some surprising facts about N=2{\cal N}=2 U(1)U(1) gauge theory coupled to two chiral superfields of charge 1. This theory is claimed to have emergent SU(3)SU(3) global symmetry in the infrared. We propose a dual Wess-Zumino description (i.e. a theory of scalars and fermions but no gauge fields) with manifest SU(3)SU(3) symmetry but only N=1{\cal N}=1 supersymmetry. We argue that this Wess-Zumino model must have enhanced supersymmetry in the infrared. Finally, we make some brief comments about the dynamics of N=1{\cal N}=1 SU(N)SU(N) gauge theory coupled to NfN_f quarks in a time reversal invariant fashion. We argue that for Nf<NN_f<N there is a moduli space of vacua to all orders in perturbation theory but it is non-perturbatively lifted.Comment: 30 pages, 4 figures v2: references adde

    Sphere Partition Functions and the Zamolodchikov Metric

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    We study the finite part of the sphere partition function of d-dimensional Conformal Field Theories (CFTs) as a function of exactly marginal couplings. In odd dimensions, this quantity is physical and independent of the exactly marginal couplings. In even dimensions, this object is generally regularization scheme dependent and thus unphysical. However, in the presence of additional symmetries, the partition function of even-dimensional CFTs can become physical. For two-dimensional N=(2,2) supersymmetric CFTs, the continuum partition function exists and computes the Kahler potential on the chiral and twisted chiral superconformal manifolds. We provide a new elementary proof of this result using Ward identities on the sphere. The Kahler transformation ambiguity is identified with a local term in the corresponding N=(2,2) supergravity theory. We derive an analogous, new, result in the case of four-dimensional N=2 supersymmetric CFTs: the S^4 partition function computes the Kahler potential on the superconformal manifold. Finally, we show that N=1 supersymmetry in four dimensions and N=(1,1) supersymmetry in two dimensions are not sufficient to make the corresponding sphere partition functions well-defined functions of the exactly marginal parameters.Comment: 32 pages; added references and minor correction