Low energy dynamics of U(1) vortices in systems with cholesteric vacuum structure

Adam J. Peterson, Mikhail Shifman, Gianni Tallarita

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We discuss flux tubes in systems with U(1) gauge, and spin-orbit locked SO(3)S+L symmetry. The spin-orbit locking is achieved explicitly in the Lagrangian by introducing a parity violating twist term which causes the spontaneous breaking of SO(3)S+L→SO(2). Additionally, this term causes a spontaneous breaking of the translational symmetry along a particular direction. Thus, the system appears with a cholesteric vacuum under certain conditions of the parameter space. With this term, the system admits U(1) topologically stable vortices with additional structure in the vortex cores. This added structure leads to additional moduli appearing in the low energy dynamics. We determine these solutions and their low energy theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-63
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of Physics
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

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Funding Information:
The work of A.P. is supported by the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship at the University of Minnesota . The work of M.S. is supported in part by DOE Grant Number DE-SC0011842 . G.T. is funded by Fondecyt Grant Number 3140122 . The Centro de Estudios Científicos (CECS) is funded by the Chilean Government through the Centers of Excellence Base Financing Program of Conicyt . G.T. would like to thank the Fine Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Minnesota for hospitality during the completion of this work.

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  • Cholesteric liquid
  • Effective field theory
  • Gapless mode


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