Branes and the dynamics of QCD

Edward Witten

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Abstract

A brane configuration is described that is relevant to understanding the dynamics of N = 1 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. Confinement and spontaneous breaking of a discrete chiral symmetry can be understood as consequences of the topology of the brane. Because of the symmetry breaking, there can be domain walls separating different vacua; the QCD string can end on such a domain wall. The model in which these properties can be understood semiclassically does not coincide with supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory but is evidently in the same universality class.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-239
Number of pages24
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
Volume68
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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