Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2019:88 | Cite as

Novel color superconducting phases of \( \mathcal{N} \) = 4 super Yang-Mills at strong coupling

  • Oscar HenrikssonEmail author
  • Carlos Hoyos
  • Niko Jokela
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We revisit the large-Nc phase diagram of \( \mathcal{N} \) = 4 super Yang-Mills theory at finite R-charge density and strong coupling, by means of the AdS/CFT correspondence. We conjecture new phases that result from a black hole shedding some of its charge through the nucleation of probe color D3-branes that remain at a finite distance from the black hole when the dual field theory lives on a sphere. In the corresponding ground states the color group is partially Higgsed, so these phases can be identified as having a type of color superconductivity. The new phases would appear at intermediate values of the R-charge chemical potential and we expect them to be metastable but long-lived in the large-Nc limit.


D-branes Gauge-gravity correspondence Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking Holography and quark-gluon plasmas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Helsinki Institute of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversidad de OviedoOviedoSpain
  4. 4.Instituto Universitario de Ciencias y Tecnologías Espaciales de Asturias (ICTEA)OviedoSpain

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