Dilaton and Massive Hadrons in a Conformal Phase

Luigi Del Debbio, Roman Zwicky*

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As the number of fermion fields is increased, gauge theories are expected to undergo a transition from a QCD-like phase, characterised by confinement and chiral symmetry breaking, to a conformal phase, where the theory becomes scale-invariant at large distances. In this paper, we discuss some properties of a third phase, where spontaneously broken conformal symmetry is characterised by its Goldstone boson, the dilaton. In this phase, which we refer to as conformal dilaton phase, the massless pole corresponding to the Goldstone boson guarantees that the conformal Ward identities are satisfied in the infrared despite the other hadrons carrying mass. In particular, using renormalisation group arguments in Euclidean space, we show that for massless quarks the trace of the energy momentum tensor vanishes on all physical states as a result of the fixed point. This implies the vanishing of the gluon condensate and suggests that the scale breaking is driven by the quark condensate which has implications for the cosmological constant. In addition form factors obey an exact constraint for every hadron and are thus suitable probes to identify this phase in the context of lattice Monte Carlo studies. For this purpose we examine how the system behaves under explicit symmetry breaking, via quark-mass and finite-volume deformations. The dilaton mass shows hyperscaling under mass deformation, viz. mD=O(m1/(1+γ∗)q). This provides another clean search pattern.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Nonperturbative Effects
  • Renormalization Group
  • Renormalization and Regularization
  • Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking


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