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Title: Phases Of Adjoint QCD$$_3$$ And Dualities

We study 2+1 dimensional gauge theories with a Chern-Simons term and a fermion in the adjoint representation. We apply general considerations of symmetries, anomalies, and renormalization group flows to determine the possible phases of the theory as a function of the gauge group, the Chern-Simons level k k , and the fermion mass. We propose an inherently quantum mechanical phase of adjoint QCD with small enough k k , where the infrared is described by a certain Topological Quantum Field Theory (TQFT). For a special choice of the mass, the theory has {\cal N}=1 supersymmetry. There this TQFT is accompanied by a massless Majorana fermion – a Goldstino signaling spontaneous supersymmetry breaking. Our analysis leads us to conjecture a number of new infrared fermion-fermion dualities involving SU S U , SO S O , and Sp S p gauge theories. It also leads us to suggest a phase diagram of SO/Sp S O / S p gauge theories with a fermion in the traceless symmetric/antisymmetric tensor representation of the gauge group.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Perimeter Institute
  2. Weizmann Institute of Science, Stony Brook University
  3. Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
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SciPost Physics
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Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 1; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-07-23 02:09:54; Journal ID: ISSN 2542-4653
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