A self-dual gauge model in four dimensions

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We derive the gauge-theory analogue of the "generalized" X-Y model of Jose, Kadanoff, Kirkpartick and Nelson. This model is a "generalized" scalar electrodynamics which exhibits, in general, three phases: a Higgs phase, ordinary scalar electrodynamics and a confining phase. There is an exact duality map between the Higgs scalar QED and the confinement/freedom phase transitions. We also discuss whether the various transitions are first, order second order with cross-over phenomena, or whether there exists a tricritical point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-124
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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