Conformal symmetry and a massless monopole in Yang-Mills theory with varying couplings

Particle Physics Theory seminar

Conformal symmetry and a massless monopole in Yang-Mills theory with varying couplings

  • Event time: 2:00pm
  • Event date: 15th March 2017
  • Speaker: Marc Gillioz (Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne)
  • Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room,

Event details

Quantum field theory can naturally be formulated with a cutoff that varies over space and time. This allows to study the breaking of conformal symmetry at the quantum level, described by a "local" renormalization group. For consistency, the quantum effective action of the theory must be enhanced with terms including derivatives of the couplings. Focusing on Yang-Mills theory with N=2 extended supersymmetry, an interesting new feature arises: the theory admits solitonic solutions with non-constant couplings. A simple example is the Wu-Yang magnetic monopole. Its mass can be regularized in the presence of varying couplings and turns out to be exactly zero.

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