CMSA Quantum Matter/Quantum Field Theory Seminar: QCD(adj) and deformed Yang-Mills: From weak coupling confinement to adiabatic continuity


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June 17, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
via Zoom Video Conferencing

Mithat Unsal - NCSU

More than 10 years ago, I showed that non-supersymmetric QCD with adjoint fermions admits a (non-thermal) compactification on $R^3 \times S^1$ where non-perturbative gauge dynamics becomes calculable. The mass gap, linear confinement and discrete chiral symmetry breaking are sourced by magnetic bions, which are correlated monopole-instanton anti-instanton pairs which have non-vanishing magnetic charge but have zero topological charge. This construction led to the idea of the double-trace deformation of pure Yang-Mills theory on $R^3 x S^1$, which is continuously connected to pure YM on $R^4$ in the sense of continuity of all gauge invariant order parameters. It turns out that all qualitative non-perturbative properties of deformed YM theory are in agreement with all of our non-perturbative expectations concerning pure YM theory. Over the last year, numerical simulations have shown that the topological susceptibility of deformed YM on small $S^1 \times R^3$ are in precise agreement with the numerical results on large $S^1 \times R^3$. Therefore, it is very likely that there is more truth in deformed YM construction than that meets the eye. I will give a lecture style talk on these topics.