Deconfinement at the Argyres-Douglas point in SU(2) gauge theory with broken N=2 supersymmetry

A. Gorsky, A. Vainshtein, A. Yung

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We consider chiral condensates in SU(2) gauge theory with broken N=2 supersymmetry. The matter sector contains an adjoint multiplet and one fundamental flavor. Matter and gaugino condensates are determined by integrating out the adjoint field. The only nonperturbative input is the Affleck-Dine-Seiberg (ADS) superpotential generated by one instanton plus the Konishi anomaly. These results are consistent with those obtained by the `integrating in' procedure, including a reproduction of the Seiberg-Witten curve from the ADS superpotential. We then calculate monopole, dyon, and charge condensates using the Seiberg-Witten approach. We show that the monopole and charge condensates vanish at the Argyres-Douglas point where the monopole and charge vacua collide. We interpret this phenomenon as a deconfinement of electric and magnetic charges at the Argyres-Douglas point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-215
Number of pages19
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 18 2000

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Authors are grateful to P. Argyres, A. Hanany, K. Konishi, A. Marshakov, S. Rudaz, A. Ritz, and M. Shifman for helpful discussions. Part of this work was done when two of the authors, A.V. and A.Y., participated in the SUSY99 program organized by the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara. A.V. and A.Y. are thankful to ITP for hospitality and support from NSF by the grant PHY 94-07194. A.G. and A.Y. thank the Theoretical Physics Institute at the University of Minnesota where this work was initiated for support. A.G. thanks J. Ambjorn for hospitality at the Niels Bohr Institute where part of this work has been done.

Funding Information:
The work of A.G. is supported in part by the grant INTAS-97-0103, A.V. is supported in part by DOE under the grant DE-FG02-94ER40823, and A.Y. is supported in part by Russian Foundation for Basic Research under the grant 99-02-16576.


  • 11.15.-q
  • 11.30.Pb
  • 14.80.Hv
  • Chiral condensates
  • Monopole
  • Supersymmetric gauge theories


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