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Toying with Symmetry Breaking in Curved Space

Relatore:  Antonino Flachi (Keio University, Tokyo)


In this talk I will report an analysis of an interacting quantum field theory on a curved two-dimensional manifold constructed by geometrically deforming a flat hexagonal lattice by the insertion of a defect and taking subsequently the continuum limit. Depending on how the deformation is done, the resulting geometry acquires a locally non-vanishing curvature that can be either positive or negative. Fields propagating on this background are forced to satisfy boundary conditions modulated by the geometry and that can be assimilated by a non-dynamical gauge field. I will present an explicit example where curvature and boundary conditions compete in altering the way symmetry breaking takes place, resulting in a surprising behaviour of the order parameter in the vicinity of the defect. The effect described here is expected to be generic and of relevance in a variety of situations.

Data inizio evento: 17/09/2018 15:00

Luogo: Aula Seminari S3, Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche Informatiche Matematiche, via Campi 213/A, Modena

Categorie: scienze, eventi, Seminario

Pubblicato da: comunicazione@unimore.it