3D field theories with Chern-Simons term for large N in the Weyl gauge

  • Moshe MosheEmail author
  • Jean Zinn-Justin
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Three dimensional, U(N) symmetric, field theory with fermion matter coupled to a topological Chern-Simons term, in the large N limit is analyzed in details. We determine the conditions for the existence of a massless conformal invariant ground state as well as the conditions for a massive phase. We analyze the phase structure and calculate gauge invariant corelators comparing them in several cases to existing results. In addition to the non-critical explicitly broken scale invariance massive case we consider also a massive ground state where the scale symmetry is spontaneously broken. We show that such a phase appears only in the presence of a marginal deformation that is introduced by adding a certain scalar auxiliary field and discuss the fermion-boson dual mapping. The ground state contains in this case a massless U(N) singlet bound state goldstone boson- the dilaton whose properties are determined. We employ here the temporal gauge which is at variance with respect to past calculations using the light-cone gauge and thus, a check (though limited) of gauge independence is at hand. The large N properties are determined by using a field integral formalism and the steepest descent method. The saddle point equations, which take here the form of integral equations for non-local fields, determine the mass gap and the dressed fermion propagator. Vertex functions are calculated at leading order in 1/N as exact solutions of integral equations. From the vertex functions, we infer gauge invariant two-point correlation functions for scalar operators and a current. Indications about the consistency of the method are obtained by verifying that gauge-invariant quantities have a natural O(3) covariant form. As a further verification, in several occasions, a few terms of the perturbative expansion are calculated and compared with the exact results in the appropriate order.


1/N Expansion Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking Chern-Simons Theories Nonperturbative Effects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics, Technion — Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.CEA/IRFU, Centre de SaclayGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance

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