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Monopole operators from the 4-epsilon expansion

Author(s): Chester, Shai M; Mezei, Mark; Pufu, Silviu S; Yaakov, Itamar

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Abstract: Three-dimensional quantum electrodynamics with N charged fermions contains monopole operators that have been studied perturbatively at large N . Here, we initiate the study of these monopole operators in the 4 - epsilon expansion by generalizing them to codimension-3 defect operators in d = 4 - epsilon spacetime dimensions. Assuming the infrared dynamics is described by an interacting CFT, we define the conformal weight of these operators in terms of the free energy density on S-2 x H2-epsilon in the presence of magnetic flux through the S2, and calculate this quantity to next-to-leading order in epsilon. Extrapolating the conformal weight to epsilon = 1 gives an estimate of the scaling dimension of the monopole operators in d = 3 that does not rely on the 1/N expansion. We also perform the computation of the conformal weight in the large N expansion for any d and find agreement between the large N and the small epsilon expansions in their overlapping regime of validity.
Publication Date: Dec-2016
Electronic Publication Date: 5-Dec-2016
Citation: Chester, Shai M, Mezei, Mark, Pufu, Silviu S, Yaakov, Itamar. (2016). Monopole operators from the 4-epsilon expansion. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, 10.1007/JHEP12(2016)015
DOI: doi:10.1007/JHEP12(2016)015
ISSN: 1029-8479
Type of Material: Journal Article
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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