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Author Boulatov, Dmitri ♦ Kazakov, Vladimir
Source arXiv.org
Content type Text
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Date of Submission 2000-12-22
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword High Energy Physics - Theory ♦ physics:hep-th
Abstract We study matrix quantum mechanics at a finite temperature equivalent to one dimensional compactified string theory with vortex (winding) excitations. It is explicitly demonstrated that the states transforming under non-trivial U(N) representations describe various configurations vortices and anti-vortices. For example, for the adjoint representation the Feynman graphs (representing discretized world-sheets) contain two faces with the boundaries wrapping around the compactified target space which is equivalent to a vortex-anti-vortex pair. A technique is developed to calculate partition functions in a given representation for the standard matrix oscillator. It enables us to obtain the partition function in the presence of a vortex-anti-vortex pair in the double scaling limit using an analytical continuation to the upside-down oscillator. The Berezinski-Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transition occurs in a similar way and at the same temperature as in the flat 2D space. A possible generalization of our technique to any dimension of the embedding space is discussed.
Description Reference: Int.J.Mod.Phys. A8 (1993) 809-852
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Page Count 51


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