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Title: Quantum vacua of 2d maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory

Abstract

Here, we analyze the classical and quantum vacua of 2d N = (8,8) supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory with SU( N) and U( N) gauge group, describing the worldvolume interactions of N parallel D1-branes with flat transverse directions R 8. We claim that the IR limit of the SU( N) theory in the superselection sector labeled M (mod N) — identified with the internal dynamics of ( M, N)-string bound states of the Type IIB string theory — is described by the symmetric orbifold N = (8,8) sigma model into (R 8)D–1/SD when D = gcd( M, N) > 1, and by a single massive vacuum when D = 1, generalizing the conjectures of E. Witten and others. The full world volume theory of the D1-branes is the U( N) theory with an additional U(1) 2-form gauge field B coming from the string theory Kalb-Ramond field. This U( N) + B theory has generalized field configurations, labeled by the Z-valued generalized electric flux and an independent Z N-valued ’t Hooft flux. We argue that in the quantum mechanical theory, the ( M, N)-string sector with M units of electric flux has a Z N-valued discrete θ angle specified by M (mod N)more » dual to the ’t Hooft flux. Adding the brane center-of-mass degrees of freedom to the SU( N) theory, we claim that the IR limit of the U( N) + B theory in the sector with M bound F-strings is described by the N = (8,8) sigma model into Sym D(R 8). We provide strong evidence for these claims by computing an N = (8,8) analog of the elliptic genus of the UV gauge theories and of their conjectured IR limit sigma models, and showing they agree. Agreement is established by noting that the elliptic genera are modular-invariant Abelian (multi-periodic and meromorphic) functions, which turns out to be very restrictive.« less

Authors:
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  1. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Walter Burke Inst. for Theoretical Physics
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California Inst. of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
OSTI Identifier:
1501470
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0011632
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics (Online); Journal Volume: 2017; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 1029-8479
Publisher:
Springer Berlin
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; Brane Dynamics in Gauge Theories; D-branes; Sigma Models; Supersymmetric Gauge Theory

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Koloğlu, Murat. Quantum vacua of 2d maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1007/jhep11(2017)140.
Koloğlu, Murat. Quantum vacua of 2d maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. United States. doi:10.1007/jhep11(2017)140.
Koloğlu, Murat. Wed . "Quantum vacua of 2d maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory". United States. doi:10.1007/jhep11(2017)140. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1501470.
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title = {Quantum vacua of 2d maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory},
author = {Koloğlu, Murat},
abstractNote = {Here, we analyze the classical and quantum vacua of 2d N = (8,8) supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory with SU(N) and U(N) gauge group, describing the worldvolume interactions of N parallel D1-branes with flat transverse directions R8. We claim that the IR limit of the SU(N) theory in the superselection sector labeled M (mod N) — identified with the internal dynamics of (M, N)-string bound states of the Type IIB string theory — is described by the symmetric orbifold N = (8,8) sigma model into (R8)D–1/SD when D = gcd(M, N) > 1, and by a single massive vacuum when D = 1, generalizing the conjectures of E. Witten and others. The full world volume theory of the D1-branes is the U(N) theory with an additional U(1) 2-form gauge field B coming from the string theory Kalb-Ramond field. This U(N) + B theory has generalized field configurations, labeled by the Z-valued generalized electric flux and an independent ZN-valued ’t Hooft flux. We argue that in the quantum mechanical theory, the (M, N)-string sector with M units of electric flux has a ZN-valued discrete θ angle specified by M (mod N) dual to the ’t Hooft flux. Adding the brane center-of-mass degrees of freedom to the SU(N) theory, we claim that the IR limit of the U(N) + B theory in the sector with M bound F-strings is described by the N = (8,8) sigma model into SymD(R8). We provide strong evidence for these claims by computing an N = (8,8) analog of the elliptic genus of the UV gauge theories and of their conjectured IR limit sigma models, and showing they agree. Agreement is established by noting that the elliptic genera are modular-invariant Abelian (multi-periodic and meromorphic) functions, which turns out to be very restrictive.},
doi = {10.1007/jhep11(2017)140},
journal = {Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)},
number = 11,
volume = 2017,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {11}
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