Monopole operators in U(1) Chern-Simons-matter theories

Shai M. Chester, Luca V. Iliesiu, Márk Mezei, Silviu S. Pufu

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We study monopole operators at the infrared fixed points of U(1) Chern-Simons-matter theories (QED3, scalar QED3, N= 1 SQED3, and N= 2 SQED3) with N matter flavors and Chern-Simons level k. We work in the limit where both N and k are taken to be large with κ = k/N fixed. In this limit, we extract information about the low-lying spectrum of monopole operators from evaluating the S2× S1partition function in the sector where the S2is threaded by magnetic flux 4πq. At leading order in N, we find a large number of monopole operators with equal scaling dimensions and a wide range of spins and flavor symmetry irreducible representations. In two simple cases, we deduce how the degeneracy in the scaling dimensions is broken by the 1/N corrections. For QED3at κ = 0, we provide conformal bootstrap evidence that this near-degeneracy is in fact maintained to small values of N. For N= 2 SQED3, we find that the lowest dimension monopole operator is generically non-BPS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number157
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Conformal Field Theory
  • Solitons Monopoles and Instantons


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