Bifurcation and stability in Yang-Mills theory with sources

  • R. Jackiw
Invited Papers
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 129)


Gauge Transformation Bifurcation Point Source Strength Temporal Gauge Weak Source 
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    An example of this solution, with a radially symmetric source, ϱa = δ q(r), is constructed by taking \(\vec A_a = - \vec E_a t + \delta _{a1} \vec \nabla (\alpha r^2 \frac{{d\phi }}{{dr}}), \vec E_a = \frac{{ - \hat r}}{{r^2 }}\frac{1}{\alpha }\{ \delta _{a3} \sin (\alpha r^2 \frac{{d\phi }}{{dr}}) + \delta _{a2} [1 - \cos (\alpha r\frac{{d\phi }}{{dr}})]\} ,\phi = - \frac{1}{{\nabla ^2 }}q\). This is of the form (2.15) with \(U = exp(\frac{{i\sigma ^1 }}{2}\alpha r^2 \frac{{d\phi }}{{dr}})\). The energy is \(\varepsilon = 8\pi \int\limits_0^\infty {\frac{{dr}}{{\alpha ^2 r^2 }}\sin ^2 } (\frac{\alpha }{2}r^2 \frac{{d\phi }}{{dr}})\). Here a is an arbitrary parameter, which when set to zero gives the Abelian Coulomb solution. This configuration is essentially the “total screening solution” found by P. Sikivie and N. Weiss, Phys. Rev. Lett. 40, 1411 (1978), and Phys. Rev. D 18, 3809 (1978); except that they use a descrete parameter rather than our continuously varying α. The feasibility of generalizing the total screening solution was pointed out by P. Pirilä and P. Presnajder, Nucl. Phys. B 142, 229 (1978). The present formulation is given by Jackiw and Rossi, Ref. 5.Google Scholar
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    Another example of a solution which exists when the source is of sufficient magnitude is Sikivie and Weiss' “magnetic dipole solution”; see Ref. 4. The source which supports this solution is studied by Y. Leroyer and A. Raychaudhuri, Phys. Rev. D (in press).Google Scholar
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    For spherically symmetric charge densities, we may take the solution described in Ref. 4. For small α it becomes an infinitesimal deformation of the Abelian Coulomb with energy \(\varepsilon = 2\pi \int\limits_0^\infty {drr^2 (\phi ')^2 - \frac{{\alpha ^2 \pi }}{6}} \int\limits_0^\infty {drr^6 (\phi ')^4 }\), which is always less than the Coulomb energy, regardless of the sign of the source.Google Scholar
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    That the physics of the top is encountered in the Yang-Mills theory was previously remarked by J. Goldstone and R. Jackiw, Phys. Lett. 74B, 81 (1978). Indeed it was in the context of the formalism developed in this paper that some of the results sumarized here were first encountered.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Jackiw
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  1. 1.Center for Theoretical Physics Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Department of PhysicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge

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