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Monte Carlo Simulation of the Three Dimensional Thirring Model

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171–177
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 1995


We study the Thirring model in three spacetime dimensions, by means of Monte Carlo simulation on lattice sizes 8^3 and 12^3, for numbers of fermion flavors N_f=2,4,6. For sufficiently strong interaction strength, we find that spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking occurs for N_f=2,4, in accordance with the predictions of the Schwinger-Dyson approach. The phase transitions which occur are continuous and with critical scaling behaviour depending on N_f. For N_f=6 our results are preliminary, and no firm conclusions about the existence or otherwise of chiral symmetry breaking are possible

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  • hep-lat, hep-th, Model field theory, 1/N expansion, Schwinger-Dyson equation, Chiral symmetry breaking, Lattice simulation, Dynamical Fermions

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