Anyonic particle-vortex statistics and the nature of dense quark matter

Aleksey Cherman, Srimoyee Sen, Laurence G. Yaffe

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We show that Z3-valued particle-vortex braiding phases are present in high density quark matter. Certain mesonic and baryonic excitations, in the presence of a superfluid vortex, have orbital angular momentum quantized in units of ℏ/3. Such nonlocal topological features can distinguish phases whose realizations of global symmetries, as probed by local order parameters, are identical. If Z3 braiding phases and angular momentum fractionalization are absent in lower density hadronic matter, as is widely expected, then the quark matter and hadronic matter regimes of dense QCD must be separated by at least one phase transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034015
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 12 2019

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Funding Information:
We thank Mark Alford, Paulo Bedaque, Tyler Ellison, Zohar Komargodski, Sanjay Reddy, Martin Savage, Sujeet Shukla, Boris Spivak, Naoki Yamamoto, and especially Lukasz Fidkowski for helpful conversations. This work was supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Energy Grants No. DE-SC-0011637 and No. DE-FG02-00ER-41132.

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