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Soumyadeep Chaudhury (Hebrew University, Israel)
Date & Time
Wed, 04 November 2020, 15:00 to 16:30
ICTS virtual seminar

Our experience with many physical systems (eg. magnets) tells us that usually when a symmetry is spontaneously broken at low temperatures, it is restored upon increasing the temperature sufficiently.  The abundance of such systems raises the question of whether this is a universal feature of all quantum systems. In this talk, I will present examples of (3+1)-dimensional non-supersymmetric large N gauge theories which demonstrate violations of the above feature. I will argue that in the N tending to infinity limit, these theories have conformal manifolds which survive under all loop corrections to the beta functions of the couplings. I will show that under certain conditions, a subset of points on such a conformal manifold demonstrates the spontaneous breaking of a global symmetry at all nonzero temperatures. Furthermore, I will demonstrate that this symmetry breaking is accompanied by the Higgsing of a subset of gauge bosons leading the system to be in a persistent Brout-Englert-Higgs phase.

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