Chiral-symmetry breakdown in large-N chromodynamics

Sidney Coleman, Edward Witten

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Chromodynamics with n flavors of massless quarks is invariant under chiral U(n)U(n). It is shown that in the limit of a large number of colors, under reasonable assumptions, this symmetry group must spontaneously break down to diagonal U(n).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-102
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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