Numerical signatures of vacuum instability in a one-dimensional Wick-Cutkosky model on the light cone

John B. Swenson, John R. Hiller

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Abstract

We extend a previous numerical study of a one-dimensional generalized Wick-Cutkosky model in which complex scalars interact via the exchange of real scalars. The numerical techniques are based on discretized light-cone quantization and the Lanczos diagonalization algorithm. Contrary to previous results, we find that the vacuum instability of a cubic theory can be detected numerically, given adequate resolution. For comparison with the unstable case, we also consider two stable cases: one where a Tamm-Dancoff truncation is applied and another where a quartic interaction of sufficient strength is added. In each case we compute the mass gap and the critical coupling where the gap disappears.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1774-1780
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

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