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  1. Spontaneous mirror-symmetry breaking in coupled photonic-crystal nanolasers

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    Hamel, Philippe; Haddadi, Samir; Raineri, Fabrice; Monnier, Paul; Beaudoin, Gregoire; Sagnes, Isabelle; Levenson, Ariel; Yacomotti, Alejandro M.

    2015-05-01

    Multi-cavity photonic systems, also known as photonic molecules, exhibit multi-well potentials that may prove useful for advanced quantum and nonlinear optics. A key phenomenon arising in double-well potentials is the spontaneous breaking of inversion symmetry, with a transition to two localized states in the wells, which are mirror images of each other. Although a few theoretical studies have addressed mirror-symmetry breaking in micro- and nanophotonic systems, no experimental evidence has been reported to date. Here, we demonstrate spontaneous mirror-symmetry breaking through a pitchfork bifurcation in a photonic molecule composed of two coupled photonic-crystal nanolasers. The coexistence of localized states is shown by switching them with short pulses. This offers exciting prospects for the realization of ultra-compact, integrated, scalable optical flip-flops. Analysis suggests that such symmetry breaking should be possible with a small number of intracavity photons and is thus suitable for quantum correlation devices.

  2. Mirror-symmetry breakings in human sperm rheotaxis

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    Stoop, Norbert; Bukatin, Anton; Kukhtevich, Igor; Dunkel, Joern; Kantsler, Vasily

    Rheotaxis, the directed response to fluid velocity gradients, has been shown to facilitate stable upstream-swimming of mammalian sperm cells along solid surfaces, suggesting a robust mechanism for long-distance navigation during fertilization. However, the dynamics by which a human sperm orients itself w.r.t. ambient flows is poorly understood. Here, we combine microfluidic experiments with mathematical modeling and 3D flagellar beat reconstruction to quantify the response of individual sperm cells in time-varying flow fields. Single-cell tracking reveals two kinematically distinct swimming states that entail opposite turning behaviors under flow reversal. We constrain an effective 2D model for the turning dynamics through systematic large-scale parameter scans, and find good quantitative agreement with experiments. We present comprehensive 3D data demonstrating the rolling dynamics of freely swimming sperm cells around their longitudinal axis. Contrary to current beliefs, this analysis uncovers ambidextrous flagellar waveforms and shows that the cell's turning direction is is not defined by the rolling direction. Instead, the different rheotactic turning behaviors are linked to a broken mirror-symmetry in the midpiece section, likely arising from a buckling instability.

  3. Mirror-symmetry breakings in human sperm rheotaxis

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    Stoop, Norbert; Bukatin, Anton; Kukhtevich, Igor; Dunkel, Jörn; Kantsler, Vasily

    2015-11-01

    Rheotaxis, the directed response to fluid velocity gradients, has been shown to facilitate stable upstream-swimming of mammalian sperm cells along solid surfaces, suggesting a robust mechanism for long-distance navigation during fertilization. However, the dynamics by which a human sperm orients itself w.r.t ambient flows is poorly understood. Here, we combine microfluidic experiments with mathematical modeling and 3D flagellar beat reconstruction to quantify the response of individual sperm cells in time-varying flow fields. Single-cell tracking reveals two kinematically distinct swimming states that entail opposite turning behaviors under flow reversal. We constrain an effective 2D model for the turning dynamics through systematic large-scale parameter scans, and find good quantitative agreement with experiments. We present comprehensive 3D data demonstrating the rolling dynamics of freely swimming sperm cells around their longitudinal axis. Contrary to current beliefs, this analysis uncovers ambidextrous flagellar waveforms and shows that the cell's turning direction is is not defined by the rolling direction. Instead, the different rheotactic turning behaviors are linked to a broken mirror-symmetry in the midpiece section, likely arising from a buckling instability.

  4. Emergent p-Wave Kondo Coupling in Multi-Orbital Bands with Mirror Symmetry Breaking

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    Rhim, Jun Won; Han, Jung Hoon

    2013-10-01

    Kondo effect in the periodic Anderson model is examined for situations where the conduction bands are of multi-orbital character and subject to mirror-symmetry-breaking electric field. Taking p-orbital-based model for analysis, we find that a new hybridization channel opens up between p-orbital electrons and the local moments, leading to Kondo-coupled phases with nematic, or two-fold symmetry, although the microscopic Hamiltonian has the full square symmetry. The reduced symmetry in the band structure should be readily observable in spectroscopic or transport measurements for heavy fermion system in a multilayer environment such as successfully grown recently.

  5. Magnonic Band Engineering by Intrinsic and Extrinsic Mirror Symmetry Breaking in Antidot Spin-Wave Waveguides

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    Kłos, J. W.; Kumar, D.; Krawczyk, M.; Barman, A.

    2013-08-01

    We theoretically study the spin-wave spectra in magnonic waveguides periodically patterned with nanoscale square antidots. We show that structural changes breaking the mirror symmetry of the waveguide can close the magnonic bandgap. The effect of these intrinsic symmetry breaking can be compensated by adjusted asymmetric external bias magnetic field, i.e., by an extrinsic factor. This allows for the recovery of the magnonic bandgaps. The described methods can be used for developing parallel models for recovering bandgaps closed due to a fabrication defect. The model developed here is particular to magnonics, an emerging field combining spin dynamics and spintronics. However, the underlying principle of this development is squarely based upon the translational and mirror symmetries, thus, we believe that this idea of correcting an intrinsic defect by extrinsic means, should be applicable to spin-waves in both exchange and dipolar interaction regimes, as well as to other waves in general.

  6. Magnonic band engineering by intrinsic and extrinsic mirror symmetry breaking in antidot spin-wave waveguides.

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    Kłos, J W; Kumar, D; Krawczyk, M; Barman, A

    2013-01-01

    We theoretically study the spin-wave spectra in magnonic waveguides periodically patterned with nanoscale square antidots. We show that structural changes breaking the mirror symmetry of the waveguide can close the magnonic bandgap. The effect of these intrinsic symmetry breaking can be compensated by adjusted asymmetric external bias magnetic field, i.e., by an extrinsic factor. This allows for the recovery of the magnonic bandgaps. The described methods can be used for developing parallel models for recovering bandgaps closed due to a fabrication defect. The model developed here is particular to magnonics, an emerging field combining spin dynamics and spintronics. However, the underlying principle of this development is squarely based upon the translational and mirror symmetries, thus, we believe that this idea of correcting an intrinsic defect by extrinsic means, should be applicable to spin-waves in both exchange and dipolar interaction regimes, as well as to other waves in general. PMID:23945663

  7. Magnonic Band Engineering by Intrinsic and Extrinsic Mirror Symmetry Breaking in Antidot Spin-Wave Waveguides

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    Kłos, J. W.; Kumar, D.; Krawczyk, M.; Barman, A.

    2013-01-01

    We theoretically study the spin-wave spectra in magnonic waveguides periodically patterned with nanoscale square antidots. We show that structural changes breaking the mirror symmetry of the waveguide can close the magnonic bandgap. The effect of these intrinsic symmetry breaking can be compensated by adjusted asymmetric external bias magnetic field, i.e., by an extrinsic factor. This allows for the recovery of the magnonic bandgaps. The described methods can be used for developing parallel models for recovering bandgaps closed due to a fabrication defect. The model developed here is particular to magnonics, an emerging field combining spin dynamics and spintronics. However, the underlying principle of this development is squarely based upon the translational and mirror symmetries, thus, we believe that this idea of correcting an intrinsic defect by extrinsic means, should be applicable to spin-waves in both exchange and dipolar interaction regimes, as well as to other waves in general. PMID:23945663

  8. Mirror Symmetry Breaking by Chirality Synchronisation in Liquids and Liquid Crystals of Achiral Molecules.

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    Tschierske, Carsten; Ungar, Goran

    2016-01-01

    Spontaneous mirror symmetry breaking is an efficient way to obtain homogeneously chiral agents, pharmaceutical ingredients and materials. It is also in the focus of the discussion around the emergence of uniform chirality in biological systems. Tremendous progress has been made by symmetry breaking during crystallisation from supercooled melts or supersaturates solutions and by self-assembly on solid surfaces and in other highly ordered structures. However, recent observations of spontaneous mirror symmetry breaking in liquids and liquid crystals indicate that it is not limited to the well-ordered solid state. Herein, progress in the understanding of a new dynamic mode of symmetry breaking, based on chirality synchronisation of transiently chiral molecules in isotropic liquids and in bicontinuous cubic, columnar, smectic and nematic liquid crystalline phases is discussed. This process leads to spontaneous deracemisation in the liquid state under thermodynamic control, giving rise to long-term stable symmetry-broken fluids, even at high temperatures. These fluids form conglomerates that are capable of extraordinary strong chirality amplification, eventually leading to homochirality and providing a new view on the discussion of emergence of uniform chirality in prebiotic systems. PMID:26416335

  9. Spontaneous Mirror-Symmetry Breaking in Isotropic Liquid Phases of Photoisomerizable Achiral Molecules.

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    Alaasar, Mohamed; Prehm, Marko; Cao, Yu; Liu, Feng; Tschierske, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    Spontaneous mirror-symmetry breaking is of fundamental importance in science as it contributes to the development of chiral superstructures and new materials and has a major impact on the discussion around the emergence of uniform chirality in biological systems. Herein we report chirality synchronization, leading to spontaneous chiral conglomerate formation in isotropic liquids of achiral and photoisomerizable azobenzene-based rod-like molecules. The position of fluorine substituents at the aromatic core is found to have a significant effect on the stability and the temperature range of these chiral liquids. Moreover, these liquid conglomerates occur in a new phase sequence adjacent to a 3D tetragonal mesophase. PMID:26490058

  10. Mirror symmetry breaking with limited enantioselective autocatalysis and temperature gradients: a stability survey.

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    Blanco, Celia; Ribó, Josep M; Crusats, Joaquim; El-Hachemi, Zoubir; Moyano, Albert; Hochberg, David

    2013-02-01

    We analyze limited enantioselective (LES) autocatalysis in a temperature gradient and with internal flow/recycling of hot and cold material. Microreversibility forbids broken mirror symmetry for LES in the presence of a temperature gradient alone. This symmetry can be broken however when the auto-catalysis and limited enantioselective catalysis are each localized within the regions of low and high temperature, respectively. This scheme has been recently proposed as a plausible model for spontaneous emergence of chirality in abyssal hydrothermal vents. Regions in chemical parameter space are mapped out in which the racemic state is unstable and bifurcates to chiral solutions. PMID:23238372

  11. Amplification of enantiomeric excess, mirror-image symmetry breaking and kinetic proofreading in Soai reaction models with different oligomeric orders.

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    Micheau, Jean-Claude; Coudret, Christophe; Cruz, José-Manuel; Buhse, Thomas

    2012-10-14

    A comprehensive kinetic analysis of three prototypical autocatalytic cycle models based on the absolute asymmetric Soai reaction is presented. The three models, which can give rise to amplification of enantiomeric excess and mirror-image symmetry breaking, vary by their monomeric, dimeric or trimeric order of the assumed catalytic species. Our numerical approach considered the entire chiral combinatorics of the diastereomeric interactions in the models as well as the multiplicity of coupled reversible reactions without applying fast equilibration or quasi-steady state approximations. For the simplest monomeric model, an extensive range of parameters was explored employing a random grid parameter scanning method that revealed the influence of the parameter values on the product distribution, the reaction-time, the attenuation or amplification of enantiomeric excess as well as on the presence or absence of mirror-image symmetry breaking. A symmetry breaking test was imposed on the three models showing that an increase in the catalytic oligomer size from one to three leads to a higher tolerance to poorer chiral recognition between the diastereoisomers and identifies the greater impact of the diastereoisomeric energy difference over an imperfect stereoselectivity in the catalytic step. This robustness is understood as a particular case of so-called kinetic proofreading in asymmetric autocatalysis. PMID:22914796

  12. Electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Chanowitz, M.S.

    1990-09-01

    The Higgs mechanism is reviewed in its most general form, requiring the existence of a new symmetry-breaking force and associated particles, which need not however be Higgs bosons. The first lecture reviews the essential elements of the Higgs mechanism, which suffice to establish low energy theorems for the scattering of longitudinally polarized W and Z gauge bosons. An upper bound on the scale of the symmetry-breaking physics then follows from the low energy theorems and partial wave unitarity. The second lecture reviews particular models, with and without Higgs bosons, paying special attention to how the general features discussed in lecture 1 are realized in each model. The third lecture focuses on the experimental signals of strong WW scattering that can be observed at the SSC above 1 TeV in the WW subenergy, which will allow direct measurement of the strength of the symmetry-breaking force. 52 refs., 10 figs.

  13. Colossal permittivity induced by lattice mirror reflection symmetry breaking in Ba7Ir3O13+x(0 <= x <= 1.5) epitaxial thin films

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    Miao, Ludi; Xin, Yan; Zhu, Huiwen; Xu, Hong; Luo, Sijun; Talbayev, Diyar; Stanislavchuk, T. N.; Sirenko, A. A.; Mao, Zhiqiang

    2014-03-01

    Materials with colossal permittivity (CP) at room temperature hold tremendous promise in modern microelectronics as well as high-energy-density storage applications. Despite several proposed mechanisms that lead torecent discoveries of a series of new CP materials such as Nb, In co-doped TiO2 and CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics, it is imperative to find other approaches which can further guide the search for new CP materials. In this talk, we will demonstrate a new mechanism for CP: the breaking of mirror reflection symmetry of lattice can cause CP. This mechanism was revealed in a new layered iridate Ba7Ir3O13+x (BIO) thin film we recently discovered. Structural characterization of BIO films show that its mirror reflection symmetry is broken along b-axis, but preserved along a- and c-axes. Dielectric property measurements of BIO films at room temperature show a CP (103-10<4) along the in-plane direction, but a much smaller permittivity (10- 20) along the c-axis, in the 102- 106 Hz frequency range. Such unusually large anisotropy in permittivity testifies to the significant role of the structural in-plane mirror reflection symmetry breaking in inducing CP. This work is supported by DOD-ARO under Grant No. W911NF0910530.

  14. BOOK REVIEW: Symmetry Breaking

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    Ryder, L. H.

    2005-11-01

    One of the most fruitful and enduring advances in theoretical physics during the last half century has been the development of the role played by symmetries. One needs only to consider SU(3) and the classification of elementary particles, the Yang Mills enlargement of Maxwell's electrodynamics to the symmetry group SU(2), and indeed the tremendous activity surrounding the discovery of parity violation in the weak interactions in the late 1950s. This last example is one of a broken symmetry, though the symmetry in question is a discrete one. It was clear to Gell-Mann, who first clarified the role of SU(3) in particle physics, that this symmetry was not exact. If it had been, it would have been much easier to discover; for example, the proton, neutron, Σ, Λ and Ξ particles would all have had the same mass. For many years the SU(3) symmetry breaking was assigned a mathematical form, but the importance of this formulation fell away when the quark model began to be taken seriously; the reason the SU(3) symmetry was not exact was simply that the (three, in those days) quarks had different masses. At the same time, and in a different context, symmetry breaking of a different type was being investigated. This went by the name of `spontaneous symmetry breaking' and its characteristic was that the ground state of a given system was not invariant under the symmetry transformation, though the interactions (the Hamiltonian, in effect) was. A classic example is ferromagnetism. In a ferromagnet the atomic spins are aligned in one direction only—this is the ground state of the system. It is clearly not invariant under a rotation, for that would change the ground state into a (similar but) different one, with the spins aligned in a different direction; this is the phenomenon of a degenerate vacuum. The contribution of the spin interaction, s1.s2, to the Hamiltonian, however, is actually invariant under rotations. As Coleman remarked, a little man living in a ferromagnet would

  15. Chiral symmetry and chiral-symmetry breaking

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    Peskin, M.E.

    1982-12-01

    These lectures concern the dynamics of fermions in strong interaction with gauge fields. Systems of fermions coupled by gauge forces have a very rich structure of global symmetries, which are called chiral symmetries. These lectures will focus on the realization of chiral symmetries and the causes and consequences of thier spontaneous breaking. A brief introduction to the basic formalism and concepts of chiral symmetry breaking is given, then some explicit calculations of chiral symmetry breaking in gauge theories are given, treating first parity-invariant and then chiral models. These calculations are meant to be illustrative rather than accurate; they make use of unjustified mathematical approximations which serve to make the physics more clear. Some formal constraints on chiral symmetry breaking are discussed which illuminate and extend the results of our more explicit analysis. Finally, a brief review of the phenomenological theory of chiral symmetry breaking is presented, and some applications of this theory to problems in weak-interaction physics are discussed. (WHK)

  16. Modeling spontaneous breaking of time-translation symmetry

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    Sacha, Krzysztof

    2015-03-01

    We show that an ultracold atomic cloud bouncing on an oscillating mirror can reveal spontaneous breaking of a discrete time-translation symmetry. In many-body simulations, we illustrate the process of the symmetry breaking that can be induced by atomic losses or by a measurement of particle positions. The results pave the way for understanding and realization of the time crystal idea where crystalline structures form in the time domain due to spontaneous breaking of continuous time-translation symmetry.

  17. Electrons and Mirror Symmetry

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    Kumar, Krishna

    2009-09-01

    The neutral weak force between an electron and a target particle, mediated by the Z boson, can be isolated by measuring the fractional change under a mirror reflection of the scattering probability of relativistic longitudinally polarized electrons off unpolarized targets. This technique yields neutral weak force measurements at a length scale of 1 femtometer, in contrast to high energy collider measurements that probe much smaller length scales. Study of the variation of the weak force over a range of length scales provides a stringent test of theory, complementing collider measurements. We describe a recent measurement of the neutral weak force between two electrons by the E158 experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. While the weak force between an electron and positron has been extensively studied, that between two electrons had never directly been measured. We conclude by discussing prospects for even more precise measurements at future facilities.

  18. Electrons and Mirror Symmetry

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    Kumar, Krishna

    2007-04-04

    The neutral weak force between an electron and a target particle, mediated by the Z boson, can be isolated by measuring the fractional change under a mirror reflection of the scattering probability of relativistic longitudinally polarized electrons off unpolarized targets. This technique yields neutral weak force measurements at a length scale of 1 femtometer, in contrast to high energy collider measurements that probe much smaller length scales. Study of the variation of the weak force over a range of length scales provides a stringent test of theory, complementing collider measurements. We describe a recent measurement of the neutral weak force between two electrons by the E158 experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. While the weak force between an electron and positron has been extensively studied, that between two electrons had never directly been measured. We conclude by discussing prospects for even more precise measurements at future facilities.

  19. Sequential flavor symmetry breaking

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    Feldmann, Thorsten; Jung, Martin; Mannel, Thomas

    2009-08-01

    The gauge sector of the standard model exhibits a flavor symmetry that allows for independent unitary transformations of the fermion multiplets. In the standard model the flavor symmetry is broken by the Yukawa couplings to the Higgs boson, and the resulting fermion masses and mixing angles show a pronounced hierarchy. In this work we connect the observed hierarchy to a sequence of intermediate effective theories, where the flavor symmetries are broken in a stepwise fashion by vacuum expectation values of suitably constructed spurion fields. We identify the possible scenarios in the quark sector and discuss some implications of this approach.

  20. Symmetry breaking in molecular ferroelectrics.

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    Shi, Ping-Ping; Tang, Yuan-Yuan; Li, Peng-Fei; Liao, Wei-Qiang; Wang, Zhong-Xia; Ye, Qiong; Xiong, Ren-Gen

    2016-07-11

    Ferroelectrics are inseparable from symmetry breaking. Accompanying the paraelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transition, the paraelectric phase adopting one of the 32 crystallographic point groups is broken into subgroups belonging to one of the 10 ferroelectric point groups, i.e. C1, C2, C1h, C2v, C4, C4v, C3, C3v, C6 and C6v. The symmetry breaking is captured by the order parameter known as spontaneous polarization, whose switching under an external electric field results in a typical ferroelectric hysteresis loop. In addition, the responses of spontaneous polarization to other external excitations are related to a number of physical effects such as second-harmonic generation, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity and dielectric properties. Based on these, this review summarizes recent developments in molecular ferroelectrics since 2011 and focuses on the relationship between symmetry breaking and ferroelectricity, offering ideas for exploring high-performance molecular ferroelectrics. PMID:27051889

  1. Strong coupling electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Barklow, T.L.; Burdman, G.; Chivukula, R.S.

    1997-04-01

    The authors review models of electroweak symmetry breaking due to new strong interactions at the TeV energy scale and discuss the prospects for their experimental tests. They emphasize the direct observation of the new interactions through high-energy scattering of vector bosons. They also discuss indirect probes of the new interactions and exotic particles predicted by specific theoretical models.

  2. Baryon and chiral symmetry breaking

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    Gorsky, A.; Krikun, A.

    2014-07-23

    We briefly review the generalized Skyrmion model for the baryon recently suggested by us. It takes into account the tower of vector and axial mesons as well as the chiral symmetry breaking. The generalized Skyrmion model provides the qualitative explanation of the Ioffe’s formula for the baryon mass.

  3. Unparticles and electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Lee, Jong-Phil

    2008-11-23

    We investigate a scalar potential inspired by the unparticle sector for the electroweak symmetry breaking. The scalar potential contains the interaction between the standard model fields and unparticle sector. It is described by the non-integral power of fields that originates from the nontrivial scaling dimension of the unparticle operator. It is found that the electroweak symmetry is broken at tree level when the interaction is turned on. The scale invariance of unparticle sector is also broken simultaneously, resulting in a physical Higgs and a new lighter scalar particle.

  4. Mirror Symmetry for Quasi-Homogeneous Singularities

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    Rathnakumara, Himal; Jarvis, Tyler

    2008-10-01

    I will present an introduction to mirror symmetry in the context of string theory. Then I will describe an instance of mirror symmetry for singularties defined by quasi-homogeneous polynomials in weighted projective spaces. Milnor rings and the FJRW (Fan-Jarvis-Ruan-Witten) rings associated with these singularities and their relation to the Landua-Ginzburg A model and the Landua-Ginzburg B model will be explained. Results of the calculations for certain singularities for which the mirror symmetry conjecture has been verified will be presented.

  5. History of electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Kibble, T. W. B.

    2015-07-01

    In this talk, I recall the history of the development of the unified electroweak theory, incorporating the symmetry-breaking Higgs mechanism, as I saw it from my standpoint as a member of Abdus Salam's group at Imperial College. I start by describing the state of physics in the years after the Second World War, explain how the goal of a unified gauge theory of weak and electromagnetic interactions emerged, the obstacles encountered, in particular the Goldstone theorem, and how they were overcome, followed by a brief account of more recent history, culminating in the historic discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012.

  6. The Emergence of Dirac points in Photonic Crystals with Mirror Symmetry

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    He, Wen-Yu; Chan, C. T.

    2015-01-01

    We show that Dirac points can emerge in photonic crystals possessing mirror symmetry when band gap closes. The mechanism of generating Dirac points is discussed in a two-dimensional photonic square lattice, in which four Dirac points split out naturally after the touching of two bands with different parity. The emergence of such nodal points, characterized by vortex structure in momentum space, is attributed to the unavoidable band crossing protected by mirror symmetry. The Dirac nodes can be unbuckled through breaking the mirror symmetry and a photonic analog of Chern insulator can be achieved through time reversal symmetry breaking. Breaking time reversal symmetry can lead to unidirectional helical edge states and breaking mirror symmetry can reduce the band gap to amplify the finite size effect, providing ways to engineer helical edge states. PMID:25640993

  7. Introduction to Electroweak Symmetry Breaking

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    Dawson,S.

    2008-10-02

    The Standard Model (SM) is the backbone of elementary particle physics-not only does it provide a consistent framework for studying the interactions of quark and leptons, but it also gives predictions which have been extensively tested experimentally. In these notes, I review the electroweak sector of the Standard Model, discuss the calculation of electroweak radiative corrections to observables, and summarize the status of SM Higgs boson searches. Despite the impressive experimental successes, however, the electroweak theory is not completely satisfactory and the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking is untested. I will discuss the logic behind the oft-repeated statement: 'There must be new physics at the TeV scale'. These lectures reflect my strongly held belief that upcoming results from the LHC will fundamentally change our understanding of electroweak symmetry breaking. In these lectures, I review the status of the electroweak sector of the Standard Model, with an emphasis on the importance of radiative corrections and searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. A discussion of the special role of the TeV energy scale in electroweak physics is included.

  8. Charge symmetry breaking in Λ hypernuclei revisited

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    Gal, Avraham

    2015-05-01

    The large charge symmetry breaking (CSB) implied by the Λ binding energy difference Δ BΛ4 (0g.s.+) ≡BΛ (He4Λ) -BΛ (H4Λ) = 0.35 ± 0.06 MeV of the A = 4 mirror hypernuclei ground states, determined from emulsion studies, has defied theoretical attempts to reproduce it in terms of CSB in hyperon masses and in hyperon-nucleon interactions, including one pion exchange arising from Λ-Σ0 mixing. Using a schematic strong-interaction ΛN ↔ ΣN coupling model developed by Akaishi and collaborators for s-shell Λ hypernuclei, we revisit the evaluation of CSB in the A = 4 Λ hypernuclei and extend it to p-shell mirror Λ hypernuclei. The model yields values of Δ BΛ4 (0g.s.+) ∼ 0.25 MeV. Smaller size and mostly negative p-shell binding energy differences are calculated for the A = 7- 10 mirror hypernuclei, in rough agreement with the few available data. CSB is found to reduce by almost 30 keV the 110 keV B10Λ g.s. doublet splitting anticipated from the hyperon-nucleon strong-interaction spin dependence, thereby explaining the persistent experimental failure to observe the 2exc- → 1g.s.- γ-ray transition.

  9. Exploring Cartan gravity with dynamical symmetry breaking

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    Westman, Hans; Złośnik, Tom

    2014-05-01

    It has been known for some time that General Relativity can be regarded as a Yang-Mills-type gauge theory in a symmetry broken phase. In this picture the gravity sector is described by an SO(1, 4) or SO(2, 3) gauge field A^{a}_{\\phantom{a}b\\mu } and Higgs field Va which acts to break the symmetry down to that of the Lorentz group SO(1, 3). This symmetry breaking mirrors that of electroweak theory. However, a notable difference is that while the Higgs field Φ of electroweak theory is taken as a genuine dynamical field satisfying a Klein-Gordon equation, the gauge independent norm V2 ≡ ηabVaVb of the Higgs-type field Va is typically regarded as non-dynamical. Instead, in many treatments Va does not appear explicitly in the formalism or is required to satisfy V2 = const. ≠ 0 by means of a Lagrangian constraint. As an alternative to this we propose a class of polynomial actions that treat both the gauge connection A^{a}_{\\phantom{a}b\\mu } and Higgs field Va as genuine dynamical fields with no ad hoc constraints imposed. The resultant equations of motion consist of a set of first-order partial differential equations. We show that for certain actions these equations may be cast in a second-order form, corresponding to a scalar-tensor model of gravity. One simple choice leads to the extensively studied Peebles-Ratra rolling quintessence model. Another choice yields a scalar-tensor symmetry broken phase of the theory with positive cosmological constant and an effective mass M of the gravitational Higgs field ensuring the constancy of V2 at low energies and agreement with empirical data if M is sufficiently large. More general cases are discussed corresponding to variants of Chern-Simons modified gravity and scalar-Euler form gravity, each of which yield propagating torsion.

  10. Yet another symmetry breaking to be discovered

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    Yoshimura, M.

    2016-07-01

    The discovery of spontaneous symmetry breaking in particle physics was the greatest contribution in Nambu's achievements. There is another class of symmetries that exist in low-energy nature, yet is doomed to be broken at high energy, due to a lack of protection of the gauge symmetry. I shall review our approach to searching for this class of symmetry breaking, the lepton number violation linked to the generation of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in our universe.

  11. Issues in standard model symmetry breaking

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    Golden, M.

    1988-04-01

    This work discusses the symmetry breaking sector of the SU(2) x U(1) electroweak model. The first two chapters discuss Higgs masses in two simple Higgs models. The author proves low-enery theorems for the symmetry breaking sector: The threshold behavior of gauge-boson scattering is completely determined, whenever the symmetry breaking sector meets certain simple conditions. The author uses these theorems to derive event rates for the superconducting super collider (SSC). The author shows that the SSC may be able to determine whether the interactions of the symmetry breaking sector are strong or weak. 54 refs.

  12. Electroweak symmetry breaking via QCD.

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    Kubo, Jisuke; Lim, Kher Sham; Lindner, Manfred

    2014-08-29

    We propose a new mechanism to generate the electroweak scale within the framework of QCD, which is extended to include conformally invariant scalar degrees of freedom belonging to a larger irreducible representation of SU(3)c. The electroweak symmetry breaking is triggered dynamically via the Higgs portal by the condensation of the colored scalar field around 1 TeV. The mass of the colored boson is restricted to be 350  GeV≲mS≲3  TeV, with the upper bound obtained from perturbative renormalization group evolution. This implies that the colored boson can be produced at the LHC. If the colored boson is electrically charged, the branching fraction of the Higgs boson decaying into two photons can slightly increase, and moreover, it can be produced at future linear colliders. Our idea of nonperturbative electroweak scale generation can serve as a new starting point for more realistic model building in solving the hierarchy problem. PMID:25215976

  13. Isospin symmetry in mirror α decays

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    Timofeyuk, N. K.; Descouvemont, P.; Johnson, R. C.

    2007-03-01

    We show that a consequence of isospin symmetry, recently discovered in mirror conjugated one-nucleon decays, can be extended to mirror-conjugated α-particle decays, both virtual and real. For virtual α decays of bound mirror pairs this symmetry manifests itself as a relation between the asymptotic normalization coefficients (ANCs) of α-particle overlap integrals. This relation is given by a simple analytical formula that involves α-particle separation energies and charges of residual nuclei. For bound-unbound mirror pairs, the ANC of a bound nucleus is related to the α width of the mirror unbound level. For unbound mirror pairs we get a new analytical formula that relates the widths of mirror resonances. We test the validity of these analytical formulas against the predictions of a two-body potential and of a many-body microscopic cluster model for several mirror states in Li7-Be7, B11-C11, and F19-Ne19 isotopes. We show that these analytical formulas are valid in many cases but that some deviations can be expected for isotopes with strongly deformed and easily excited cores. In general, the results from microscopic model are not very sensitive to model assumptions and can be used to predict unknown astrophysically relevant cross sections using known information about mirror systems.

  14. Search for primordial symmetry breakings in CMB

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    Shiraishi, Maresuke

    2016-06-01

    There are possibilities to violate symmetries (e.g. parity and rotational invariance) in the primordial cosmological fluctuations. Such symmetry breakings can imprint very rich signatures in late-time phenomena, which may be possible to observe. Especially, Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) will change its face drastically, corresponding to the symmetry-breaking types, since the harmonic-space representation is very sensitive to the statistical, spin and angular dependences of cosmological perturbations. Here, we discuss (1) general responses of CMB to the symmetry breakings, (2) some theoretical models creating interesting CMB signatures, and (3) aspects of the estimation from observational data.

  15. Emergence of symmetry breaking in fucoid zygotes.

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    Homblé, Fabrice; Léonetti, Marc

    2007-06-01

    Fucoid zygotes are model cells for the study of symmetry breaking in plants. After fertilization, their initial spherical symmetry reduces to an axial symmetry, even in the absence of any external cue. This indicates that zygotes have an intrinsic ability to break symmetry in a way that is solely dependent on their internal biochemical and/or biophysical state. In our opinion, symmetry breaking is a self-organized process. It arises around the fucoid zygotes from the ion dynamics through channels (voltage-dependent calcium channels and a potassium leak) and outside the membrane (electrodiffusion owing to slower calcium diffusion compared with potassium). The robustness of this self-organized process and its lability ensure its relevance in plants where symmetry breaking is correlated with transcellular ion currents. PMID:17499009

  16. Symmetry Breaking for Black-Scholes Equations

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    Yang, Xuan-Liu; Zhang, Shun-Li; Qu, Chang-Zheng

    2007-06-01

    Black-Scholes equation is used to model stock option pricing. In this paper, optimal systems with one to four parameters of Lie point symmetries for Black-Scholes equation and its extension are obtained. Their symmetry breaking interaction associated with the optimal systems is also studied. As a result, symmetry reductions and corresponding solutions for the resulting equations are obtained.

  17. Unified dark matter with intermediate symmetry breaking scales

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    Lonsdale, Stephen J.

    2015-06-01

    Asymmetric symmetry breaking models dynamically break the G ×G gauge symmetries of mirror models to distinct subgroups in the two sectors. The coincidental abundances of visible and dark matter, ΩDM≃5 ΩVM , motivates asymmetric dark matter theories where similar number densities of baryons in each sector are explained by their connected origins. However, the question of why the baryons of two sectors should have similar mass remains. In this work we develop an alternative class of asymmetric symmetry breaking models which unify the dark and visible sectors while generating a small difference in the mass scale of the baryons of each sector. By examining the different paths that the SO(10) GUT group can take in breaking to gauge symmetries containing SU(3), we can adapt the mechanism of asymmetric symmetry breaking to demonstrate models in which originally unified visible and dark sectors have isomorphic color gauge groups at low energy yet pass through different intermediate gauge groups at high energy. Through this, slight differences in the running coupling evolutions and, thus, the confinement scales of the two sectors are generated.

  18. Matrix Models, Emergent Spacetime and Symmetry Breaking

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    Grosse, Harald; Steinacker, Harold; Lizzi, Fedele

    2009-12-15

    We discuss how a matrix model recently shown to describe emergent gravity may contain extra degrees of freedom which reproduce some characteristics of the standard model, in particular the breaking of symmetries and the correct quantum numbers of fermions.

  19. Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in metamaterials

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    Liu, Mingkai; Powell, David A.; Shadrivov, Ilya V.; Lapine, Mikhail; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2014-07-01

    Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking underpins a variety of areas such as subatomic physics and biochemistry, and leads to an impressive range of fundamental phenomena. Here we show that this prominent effect is now available in artificial electromagnetic systems, enabled by the advent of magnetoelastic metamaterials where a mechanical degree of freedom leads to a rich variety of strong nonlinear effects such as bistability and self-oscillations. We report spontaneous symmetry breaking in torsional chiral magnetoelastic structures where two or more meta-molecules with opposite handedness are electromagnetically coupled, modifying the system stability. Importantly, we show that chiral symmetry breaking can be found in the stationary response of the system, and the effect is successfully demonstrated in a microwave pump-probe experiment. Such symmetry breaking can lead to a giant nonlinear polarization change, energy localization and mode splitting, which provides a new possibility for creating an artificial phase transition in metamaterials, analogous to that in ferrimagnetic domains.

  20. Matrix Models, Emergent Spacetime and Symmetry Breaking

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    Grosse, Harald; Lizzi, Fedele; Steinacker, Harold

    2009-12-01

    We discuss how a matrix model recently shown to describe emergent gravity may contain extra degrees of freedom which reproduce some characteristics of the standard model, in particular the breaking of symmetries and the correct quantum numbers of fermions.

  1. Symmetry breaking of quasihelical stellarator equilibria

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    Weening, R.H. )

    1993-04-01

    A mean-field Ohm's law is used to determine the effects of the bootstrap current on quasihelically symmetric stellarator equilibria. The Ohm's law leads to the conclusion that the effects of the bootstrap current break the quasihelical stellarator symmetry at second order in an inverse aspect ratio expansion of the magnetic field strength. The level of symmetry breaking suggests that good approximations to quasihelical stellarator fusion reactors may not be attainable.

  2. Electromagnetic Radiation under Explicit Symmetry Breaking

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    Sinha, Dhiraj; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.

    2015-04-01

    We report our observation that radiation from a system of accelerating charges is possible only when there is explicit breaking of symmetry in the electric field in space within the spatial configuration of the radiating system. Under symmetry breaking, current within an enclosed area around the radiating structure is not conserved at a certain instant of time resulting in radiation in free space. Electromagnetic radiation from dielectric and piezoelectric material based resonators are discussed in this context. Finally, it is argued that symmetry of a resonator of any form can be explicitly broken to create a radiating antenna.

  3. T-branes through 3d mirror symmetry

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    Collinucci, Andrés; Giacomelli, Simone; Savelli, Raffaele; Valandro, Roberto

    2016-07-01

    T-branes are exotic bound states of D-branes, characterized by mutually non-commuting vacuum expectation values for the worldvolume scalars. The M/F-theory geometry lifting D6/D7-brane configurations is blind to the T-brane data. In this paper, we make this data manifest, by probing the geometry with an M2-brane. We find that the effect of a T-brane is to deform the membrane worldvolume superpotential with monopole operators, which partially break the three-dimensional flavor symmetry, and reduce super-symmetry from {N} = 4 to {N} = 2. Our main tool is 3d mirror symmetry. Through this language, a very concrete framework is developed for understanding T-branes in M-theory. This leads us to uncover a new class of {N} = 2 quiver gauge theories, whose Higgs branches mimic those of membranes at ADE singularities, but whose Coulomb branches differ from their {N} = 4 counterparts.

  4. Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Nonrelativistic Systems

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    Watanabe, Haruki

    The subject of condensed matter physics is very rich --- there are an infinite number of parameters producing a diversity of exciting phenomena. As a theorist, my goal is to distill general principles out of this complexity --- to construct theories that can coherently explain many known examples altogether. This thesis is composed of several attempts to develop such theories in topics related to spontaneously symmetry breaking. A remarkable feature of many-body interacting systems is that although they are described by equations respecting various symmetries, they may spontaneously organize into a state that explicitly breaks symmetries. Examples are numerous: various types of crystalline and magnetic orders, Bose-Einstein condensates of cold atoms, superfluids of liquid helium, chiral symmetry in QCD, neutron stars, and cosmic inflation. These systems with spontaneously broken continuous symmetries have gapless excitations, so called Nambu-Goldstone bosons (NGBs). Although the properties of NGBs are well understood in Lorentz-invariant systems, surprisingly, some basic properties of NGBs such as their number and dispersion in nonrelativistic systems have not been discussed from a general perspective. In the first part of this thesis, we solve this issue by developing and analyzing an effective Lagrangian that coherently captures the low-energy, long-distance physics of many different symmetry-breaking states all at once. Next, we examine whether these NGBs originating from spontaneous symmetry breaking remain to be well-defined excitations inside a metal, where low-energy electrons near Fermi surface can collide with them. Our result is a one equation criterion that specifies whether the interactions between electrons and NGBs can be ignored, or whether it completely changes their character. In the latter case, unusual phases of matter such as non-Fermi liquids may arise; in that case, NGBs are overdamped and cannot form particle-like excitations in spite of the

  5. How center vortices break chiral symmetry

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    Faber, Manfried; Höllwieser, Roman

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the chiral properties of near-zero modes for thick classical center vortices in SU(2) lattice gauge theory as examples of the phenomena which may arise in a vortex vacuum. In particular we analyze the creation of near-zero modes from would-be zero modes of various topological charge contributions from center vortices. We show that classical colorful spherical vortex and instanton ensembles have almost identical Dirac spectra and the low-lying eigenmodes from spherical vortices show all characteristic properties for chiral symmetry breaking. We further show that also vortex intersections are able to give rise to a finite density of near-zero modes, leading to chiral symmetry breaking via the Banks-Casher formula. We discuss the mechanism by which center vortex fluxes contribute to chiral symmetry breaking.

  6. Mutual information and spontaneous symmetry breaking

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    Hamma, A.; Giampaolo, S. M.; Illuminati, F.

    2016-01-01

    We show that the metastable, symmetry-breaking ground states of quantum many-body Hamiltonians have vanishing quantum mutual information between macroscopically separated regions and are thus the most classical ones among all possible quantum ground states. This statement is obvious only when the symmetry-breaking ground states are simple product states, e.g., at the factorization point. On the other hand, symmetry-breaking states are in general entangled along the entire ordered phase, and to show that they actually feature the least macroscopic correlations compared to their symmetric superpositions is highly nontrivial. We prove this result in general, by considering the quantum mutual information based on the two-Rényi entanglement entropy and using a locality result stemming from quasiadiabatic continuation. Moreover, in the paradigmatic case of the exactly solvable one-dimensional quantum X Y model, we further verify the general result by considering also the quantum mutual information based on the von Neumann entanglement entropy.

  7. Workshop on electroweak symmetry breaking: proceedings

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    Hinchliffe, I.

    1984-10-01

    A theoretical workshop on electroweak symmetry breaking at the Superconducting Supercollider was held at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, June 4-22, 1984. The purpose of the workshop was to focus theoretical attention on the ways in which experimentation at the SSC could reveal manifestations of the phenomenon responsible for electroweak symmetry breaking. This issue represents, at present, the most compelling scientific argument for the need to explore the energy region to be made accessible by the SSC, and a major aim of the workshop was to involve a broad cross section of particle theorists in the ongoing process of sharpening the requirements for both accelerator and detector design that will ensure detection and identification of meaningful signals, whatever form the electroweak symmetry breaking phenomenon should actually take. Separate entries were prepared for the data base for the papers presented.

  8. Wilson lines and symmetry breaking on orbifolds

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    Hall, Lawrence J.; Murayama, Hitoshi; Nomura, Yasunori

    2002-08-16

    Gauge symmetry breaking by boundary conditions on a manifold is known to be equivalent to Wilson-line breaking through a background gauge field, and is therefore spontaneous. These equivalent pictures are related by a non-periodic gauge transformation. However, we find that boundary condition gauge symmetry breaking on orbifolds is explicit; there is no gauge where all the breaking can be attributed to a background gauge field. In the case of a five-dimensional SU(5) grand unified theory on S{sup 1} = Z{sub 2}, the vacuum with gauge symmetry broken to SU(3) x SU(2) x U(1) and that with SU(5) preserved are completely disconnected: there is no physical process which causes tunneling between the two. This allows a certain localized explicit breaking of SU(5) on one of the orbifold fixed points in the theory with SU(5) breaking. Split multiplets on this fixed point are shown not to induce violations of unitarity in scattering amplitudes.

  9. Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking by hydromagnetic buoyancy

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    Chatterjee, Piyali; Mitra, Dhrubaditya; Brandenburg, Axel; Rheinhardt, Matthias

    2011-08-01

    Evidence for the parity-breaking nature of the magnetic buoyancy instability in a stably stratified gas is reported. In the absence of rotation, no helicity is produced, but the nonhelical state is found to be unstable to small helical perturbations during the development of the instability. The parity-breaking nature of this magnetohydrodynamic instability appears to be the first of its kind and has properties similar to those in chiral symmetry breaking in biochemistry. Applications to the production of mean fields in galaxy clusters are discussed.

  10. Symmetry breaking in reconstituted actin cortices.

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    Abu Shah, Enas; Keren, Kinneret

    2014-01-01

    The actin cortex plays a pivotal role in cell division, in generating and maintaining cell polarity and in motility. In all these contexts, the cortical network has to break symmetry to generate polar cytoskeletal dynamics. Despite extensive research, the mechanisms responsible for regulating cortical dynamics in vivo and inducing symmetry breaking are still unclear. Here we introduce a reconstituted system that self-organizes into dynamic actin cortices at the inner interface of water-in-oil emulsions. This artificial system undergoes spontaneous symmetry breaking, driven by myosin-induced cortical actin flows, which appears remarkably similar to the initial polarization of the embryo in many species. Our in vitro model system recapitulates the rich dynamics of actin cortices in vivo, revealing the basic biophysical and biochemical requirements for cortex formation and symmetry breaking. Moreover, this synthetic system paves the way for further exploration of artificial cells towards the realization of minimal model systems that can move and divide.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.01433.001. PMID:24843007

  11. Symmetry breaking in reconstituted actin cortices

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    Abu Shah, Enas; Keren, Kinneret

    2014-01-01

    The actin cortex plays a pivotal role in cell division, in generating and maintaining cell polarity and in motility. In all these contexts, the cortical network has to break symmetry to generate polar cytoskeletal dynamics. Despite extensive research, the mechanisms responsible for regulating cortical dynamics in vivo and inducing symmetry breaking are still unclear. Here we introduce a reconstituted system that self-organizes into dynamic actin cortices at the inner interface of water-in-oil emulsions. This artificial system undergoes spontaneous symmetry breaking, driven by myosin-induced cortical actin flows, which appears remarkably similar to the initial polarization of the embryo in many species. Our in vitro model system recapitulates the rich dynamics of actin cortices in vivo, revealing the basic biophysical and biochemical requirements for cortex formation and symmetry breaking. Moreover, this synthetic system paves the way for further exploration of artificial cells towards the realization of minimal model systems that can move and divide. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.01433.001 PMID:24843007

  12. Cascading Multicriticality in Nonrelativistic Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking

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    Griffin, Tom; Grosvenor, Kevin T.; Hořava, Petr; Yan, Ziqi

    2015-12-01

    Without Lorentz invariance, spontaneous global symmetry breaking can lead to multicritical Nambu-Goldstone modes with a higher-order low-energy dispersion ω ˜kn (n =2 ,3 ,… ), whose naturalness is protected by polynomial shift symmetries. Here, we investigate the role of infrared divergences and the nonrelativistic generalization of the Coleman-Hohenberg-Mermin-Wagner (CHMW) theorem. We find novel cascading phenomena with large hierarchies between the scales at which the value of n changes, leading to an evasion of the "no-go" consequences of the relativistic CHMW theorem.

  13. Mechanochemical Symmetry Breaking in Hydra Aggregates

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    Mercker, Moritz; Köthe, Alexandra; Marciniak-Czochra, Anna

    2015-01-01

    Tissue morphogenesis comprises the self-organized creation of various patterns and shapes. Although detailed underlying mechanisms are still elusive in many cases, an increasing amount of experimental data suggests that chemical morphogen and mechanical processes are strongly coupled. Here, we develop and test a minimal model of the axis-defining step (i.e., symmetry breaking) in aggregates of the Hydra polyp. Based on previous findings, we combine osmotically driven shape oscillations with tissue mechanics and morphogen dynamics. We show that the model incorporating a simple feedback loop between morphogen patterning and tissue stretch reproduces a wide range of experimental data. Finally, we compare different hypothetical morphogen patterning mechanisms (Turing, tissue-curvature, and self-organized criticality). Our results suggest the experimental investigation of bigger (i.e., multiple head) aggregates as a key step for a deeper understanding of mechanochemical symmetry breaking in Hydra. PMID:25954896

  14. Symmetry breaking mechanism for epithelial cell polarization

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    Veglio, A.; Gamba, A.; Nicodemi, M.; Bussolino, F.; Serini, G.

    2009-09-01

    In multicellular organisms, epithelial cells form layers separating compartments responsible for different physiological functions. At the early stage of epithelial layer formation, each cell of an aggregate defines an inner and an outer side by breaking the symmetry of its initial state, in a process known as epithelial polarization. By integrating recent biochemical and biophysical data with stochastic simulations of the relevant reaction-diffusion system, we provide evidence that epithelial cell polarization is a chemical phase-separation process induced by a local bistability in the signaling network at the level of the cell membrane. The early symmetry breaking event triggering phase separation is induced by adhesion-dependent mechanical forces localized in the point of convergence of cell surfaces when a threshold number of confluent cells is reached. The generality of the emerging phase-separation scenario is likely common to many processes of cell polarity formation.

  15. Electroweak baryogenesis from exotic electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Blinov, Nikita; Kozaczuk, Jonathan; Morrissey, David E.; Tamarit, Carlos

    2015-08-01

    We investigate scenarios in which electroweak baryogenesis can occur during an exotic stage of electroweak symmetry breaking in the early Universe. This transition is driven by the expectation value of a new electroweak scalar instead of the standard Higgs field. A later, second transition then takes the system to the usual electroweak minimum, dominated by the Higgs boson, while preserving the baryon asymmetry created in the first transition. We discuss the general requirements for such a two-stage electroweak transition to be suitable for electroweak baryogenesis and present a toy model that illustrates the necessary ingredients. We then apply these results to construct an explicit realization of this scenario within the inert two Higgs doublet model. Despite decoupling the Higgs from the symmetry-breaking transition required for electroweak baryogenesis, we find that this picture generically predicts new light states that are accessible experimentally.

  16. Mechanochemical symmetry breaking in Hydra aggregates.

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    Mercker, Moritz; Köthe, Alexandra; Marciniak-Czochra, Anna

    2015-05-01

    Tissue morphogenesis comprises the self-organized creation of various patterns and shapes. Although detailed underlying mechanisms are still elusive in many cases, an increasing amount of experimental data suggests that chemical morphogen and mechanical processes are strongly coupled. Here, we develop and test a minimal model of the axis-defining step (i.e., symmetry breaking) in aggregates of the Hydra polyp. Based on previous findings, we combine osmotically driven shape oscillations with tissue mechanics and morphogen dynamics. We show that the model incorporating a simple feedback loop between morphogen patterning and tissue stretch reproduces a wide range of experimental data. Finally, we compare different hypothetical morphogen patterning mechanisms (Turing, tissue-curvature, and self-organized criticality). Our results suggest the experimental investigation of bigger (i.e., multiple head) aggregates as a key step for a deeper understanding of mechanochemical symmetry breaking in Hydra. PMID:25954896

  17. Charge symmetry breaking two-pion exchange

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    Niskanen, J.A. )

    1992-06-01

    Two-pion exchange (TPE) contribution to the charge symmetry breaking class IV neutron-proton interaction is examined in a potential and coupled channels approach. Based on nonrelativistic {pi}{ital NN} and {pi}{ital N}{Delta} vertices, a TPE interaction is treated in two ways, as a potential or as a part calculable by the coupled channels method plus a residual potential interaction. A practical parametrization of the TPE potentials is given, which can also be used in the case of class III charge symmetry breaking (CSB) forces as well as for charge symmetric interactions. The results show that below 300 MeV the TPE contribution to CSB in elastic {ital np} scattering is insignificant, whereas at higher energies it should not be neglected.

  18. Electroweak symmetry breaking: Higgs/whatever

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    Chanowitz, M.S.

    1989-10-16

    In the first of these two lectures the Higgs mechanism is reviewed in its most general form, which does not necessarily require the existence of Higgs bosons. The general consequences of the hypothesis that electroweak symmetry breaking is due to the Higgs mechanism are deduced just from gauge invariance and unitarity. In the second lecture the general properties are illustrated with three specific models: the Weinberg-Salam model, its minimal supersymmetric extension, and technicolor. The second lecture concludes with a discussion of the experiment signals for strong WW scattering, whose presence or absence will allow us to determine whether the symmetry breaking sector lies above or below 1 TeV. 57 refs.

  19. Electroweak Symmetry Breaking in Historical Perspective

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    Quigg, Chris

    2015-10-01

    The discovery of the Higgs boson is a major milestone in our progress toward understanding the natural world. A particular aim of my review is to show how diverse ideas came together in the conception of electroweak symmetry breaking that led up to the discovery. Furthermore, I survey what we know now that we did not know before, what properties of the Higgs boson remain to be established, and what new questions we may now hope to address.

  20. Symmetry Breaking in Topological Quantum Gravity

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    Mielke, Eckehard W.

    2013-04-01

    A SL(5, ℝ) gauge-invariant topological field theory of gravity and possible gauge unifications are considered in four-dimensions (4D). The problem of quantization is evaluated in the asymptotic safety scenario. "Minimal" BF type models for the high energy limit are physically not quite realistic, a tiny symmetry breaking is needed to recover standard Einsteinian gravity for the macroscopic metrical background with induced cosmological constant.

  1. Symmetry Breaking in Topological Quantum Gravity

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    Mielke, Eckehard W.

    2015-01-01

    A SL(5, R) gauge-invariant topological field theory of gravity and possible gauge unifications are considered in four-dimensions. The problem of quantization is evaluated in the asymptotic safety scenario. `Minimal' BF type models for the high energy limit are physically not quite realistic, a tiny symmetry breaking is needed to recover standard Einsteinian gravity for the oscopic metrical background with induced cosmological constant.

  2. Electroweak Symmetry Breaking in Historical Perspective

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    Quigg, Chris

    2015-10-01

    The discovery of the Higgs boson is a major milestone in our progress toward understanding the natural world. A particular aim of this review is to show how diverse ideas came together in the conception of electroweak symmetry breaking that led up to the discovery. I also survey what we know now that we did not know before, what properties of the Higgs boson remain to be established, and what new questions we may now hope to address.

  3. Confinement from spontaneous breaking of scale symmetry

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    Gaete, Patricio; Guendelman, Eduardo

    2006-09-01

    We show that one can obtain naturally the confinement of static charges from the spontaneous symmetry breaking of scale invariance in a gauge theory. At the classical level a confining force is obtained and at the quantum level, using a gauge invariant but path-dependent variables formalism, the Cornell confining potential is explicitly obtained. Our procedure answers completely to the requirements by 't Hooft for "perturbative confinement".

  4. Cellular Symmetry Breaking during Caenorhabditis elegans Development

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    Munro, Edwin; Bowerman, Bruce

    2009-01-01

    The nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans has produced a wellspring of insights into mechanisms that govern cellular symmetry breaking during animal development. Here we focus on two highly conserved systems that underlie many of the key symmetry-breaking events that occur during embryonic and larval development in the worm. One involves the interplay between Par proteins, Rho GTPases, and the actomyosin cytoskeleton and mediates asymmetric cell divisions that establish the germline. The other uses elements of the Wnt signaling pathway and a highly reiterative mechanism that distinguishes anterior from posterior daughter cell fates. Much of what we know about these systems comes from intensive study of a few key events—Par/Rho/actomyosin-mediated polarization of the zygote in response to a sperm-derived cue and the Wnt-mediated induction of endoderm at the four-cell stage. However, a growing body of work is revealing how C. elegans exploits elements/variants of these systems to accomplish a diversity of symmetry-breaking tasks throughout embryonic and larval development. PMID:20066102

  5. Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Interdependent Networked Game

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    Jin, Qing; Wang, Lin; Xia, Cheng-Yi; Wang, Zhen

    2014-02-01

    Spatial evolution game has traditionally assumed that players interact with direct neighbors on a single network, which is isolated and not influenced by other systems. However, this is not fully consistent with recent research identification that interactions between networks play a crucial rule for the outcome of evolutionary games taking place on them. In this work, we introduce the simple game model into the interdependent networks composed of two networks. By means of imitation dynamics, we display that when the interdependent factor α is smaller than a threshold value αC, the symmetry of cooperation can be guaranteed. Interestingly, as interdependent factor exceeds αC, spontaneous symmetry breaking of fraction of cooperators presents itself between different networks. With respect to the breakage of symmetry, it is induced by asynchronous expansion between heterogeneous strategy couples of both networks, which further enriches the content of spatial reciprocity. Moreover, our results can be well predicted by the strategy-couple pair approximation method.

  6. Translational Symmetry-Breaking for Spiral Waves

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    LeBlanc, V. G.; Wulff, C.

    2000-10-01

    Spiral waves are observed in numerous physical situations, ranging from Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) chemical reactions, to cardiac tissue, to slime-mold aggregates. Mathematical models with Euclidean symmetry have recently been developed to describe the dynamic behavior (for example, meandering) of spiral waves in excitable media. However, no physical experiment is ever infinite in spatial extent, so the Euclidean symmetry is only approximate. Experiments on spiral waves show that inhomogeneities can anchor spirals and that boundary effects (for example, boundary drifting) become very important when the size of the spiral core is comparable to the size of the reacting medium. Spiral anchoring and boundary drifting cannot be explained by the Euclidean model alone. In this paper, we investigate the effects on spiral wave dynamics of breaking the translation symmetry while keeping the rotation symmetry. This is accomplished by introducing a small perturbation in the five-dimensional center bundle equations (describing Hopf bifurcation from one-armed spiral waves) which is SO(2)-equivariant but not equivariant under translations. We then study the effects of this perturbation on rigid spiral rotation, on quasi-periodic meandering and on drifting.

  7. Viscoelasticity Breaks the Symmetry of Impacting Jets

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    Lhuissier, H.; Néel, B.; Limat, L.

    2014-11-01

    A jet of a Newtonian liquid impacting on a wall at right angle spreads as a thin liquid sheet which preserves the radial symmetry of the jet. We report that for a viscoelastic jet (solution of polyethylene glycol in water) this symmetry can break; close to the wall, the jet cross section becomes faceted and radial steady liquid films (wings) form, which connect the cross-section vertices to the sheet. The number of wings increases with increasing the viscoelastic relaxation time of the solution, but also with increasing jet velocity and decreasing distance from the jet nozzle to the wall. We propose a mechanism for this surprising destabilization of the jet shape, which develops perpendicularly to the direction expected for a buckling mechanism, and explain these dependencies. We also discuss the large-scale consequences of the jet destabilization on the sheet spreading and fragmentation, which show through the faceting of hydraulic jumps and of suspended (Savart) sheets.

  8. Symmetry Breaking And The Nilpotent Dirac Equation

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    Rowlands, Peter

    2004-08-19

    A multivariate 4-vector representation for space-time and a quaternion representation for mass and the electric, strong and weak charges leads to a nilpotent form of the Dirac equation, which packages the entire physical information available about a fermion state. The nilpotent state vector breaks the symmetry between the strong, electric and weak interactions, by associating their respective charges with vector, scalar and pseudoscalar operators, leading directly to the SU(3) x SU(2)L x U(1) symmetry, and to particle structures and mass-generating states. In addition, the nilpotent Dirac equation has just three solutions for spherically-symmetric distance-dependent potentials, and these correspond once again to those that would be expected for the three interactions: linear for the strong interaction; inverse linear for the electromagnetic; and a harmonic oscillator-type solution, which can be equated with the dipolar annihilation and creation mechanisms of the weak interaction.

  9. Confinement and flavor symmetry breaking via monopolecondensation

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    Murayama, Hitoshi

    2000-09-19

    We discuss dynamics of N=2 supersymmetric SU(n_c) gaugetheories with n_f quark hypermultiplets. Upon N=1 perturbation ofintroducing a finite mass for the adjoint chiral multiplet, we show thatthe flavor U(n_f) symmetry is dynamically broken to U(r) times U(n_f-r),where r\\leq [n_f/2]is an integer. This flavor symmetry breaking occursdue to the condensates of magnetic degrees of freedom which acquireflavor quantum numbers due to the quark zero modes. We briefly comment onthe USp(2n_c) gauge theories. This talk is based on works with GiuseppeCarlino and Ken Konishi, hep-th/0001036 and hep-th/0005076.

  10. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in quasi one dimension

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    Satpathi, Urbashi Deo, P. Singha

    2015-06-24

    Electronic charge and spin separation leading to charge density wave and spin density wave is well established in one dimension in the presence and absence of Coulomb interaction. We start from quasi one dimension and show the possibility of such a transition in quasi one dimension as well as in two dimensions by going to a regime where it can be shown for electrons that just interact via Fermi statistics. Such density waves arise due to internal symmetry breaking in a many fermion quantum system. We can extend this result to very wide rings with infinitely many electrons including Coulomb interaction.

  11. Cosmology of biased discrete symmetry breaking

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    Gelmini, Graciela B.; Gleiser, Marcelo; Kolb, Edward W.

    1988-01-01

    The cosmological consequences of spontaneous breaking of an approximate discrete symmetry are studied. The breaking leads to formation of proto-domains of false and true vacuum separated by domain walls of thickness determined by the mass scale of the model. The cosmological evolution of the walls is extremely sensitive to the magnitude of the biasing; several scenarios are possible, depending on the interplay between the surface tension on the walls and the volume pressure from the biasing. Walls may disappear almost immediately after they form, or may live long enough to dominate the energy density of the Universe and cause power-law inflation. Limits are obtained on the biasing that characterizes each possible scenario.

  12. Dynamics of symmetry breaking in strongly coupled QED

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    Bardeen, W.A.

    1988-10-01

    I review the dynamical structure of strong coupled QED in the quenched planar limit. The symmetry structure of this theory is examined with reference to the nature of both chiral and scale symmetry breaking. The renormalization structure of the strong coupled phase is analysed. The compatibility of spontaneous scale and chiral symmetry breaking is studied using effective lagrangian methods. 14 refs., 3 figs.

  13. Singularities and symmetry breaking in swarms.

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    Li, Wei; Zhang, Hai-Tao; Chen, Michael Zhi Qiang; Zhou, Tao

    2008-02-01

    A large-scale system consisting of self-propelled particles, moving under the directional alignment rule (DAR), can often self-organize to an ordered state that emerges from an initially rotationally symmetric configuration. It is commonly accepted that the DAR, which leads to effective long-range interactions, is the underlying mechanism contributing to the collective motion. However, in this paper, we demonstrate that a swarm under the DAR has unperceived and inherent singularities. Furthermore, we show that the compelled symmetry-breaking effects at or near the singularities, as well as the topological connectivity of the swarm in the evolution process, contribute fundamentally to the emergence of the collective behavior; and the elimination or weakening of singularities in the DAR will induce an unexpected sharp transition from coherent movement to isotropic dispersion. These results provide some insights into the fundamental issue of collective dynamics: What is the underlying mechanism causing the spontaneous symmetry breaking and leading to eventual coherent motion? PMID:18352064

  14. Spontaneous Chiral Symmetry Breaking for Finite Systems.

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    Boscheto, Emerson; López-Castillo, Alejandro

    2015-12-01

    Theoretical clues are desirable to help uncover the origin of bio-homochirality in life, as well as the mechanisms for the asymmetric production of functional chiral substances. Here, an open-to-matter reaction network based on a model proposed by Plasson et al. is studied. In the extended model, the statistical fluctuations lead the system to break chiral symmetry autonomously, that is, without any initial enantiomeric excess or external influence. In the stability diagrams, we observe regions of parameter space that correspond to racemic, homochiral, chiral oscillatory, and, to our knowledge, for the first time in a chiral model, chaotic regimes. The dependencies of the final concentrations of chiral substances on the parameters are determined analytically and discussed for both the racemic and homochiral regimes. PMID:26395183

  15. Passive appendages aid locomotion through symmetry breaking

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    Bagheri, Shervin; Lacis, Ugis; Mazzino, Andrea; Kellay, Hamid; Brosse, Nicolas; Lundell, Fredrik; Ingremeau, Francois

    2014-11-01

    Plants and animals use plumes, barbs, tails, feathers, hairs, fins, and other types of appendages to aid locomotion. Despite their enormous variation, passive appendages may contribute to locomotion by exploiting the same physical mechanism. We present a new mechanism that applies to body appendages surrounded by a separated flow, which often develops behind moving bodies larger than a few millimeters. We use theory, experiments, and numerical simulations to show that bodies with protrusions turn and drift by exploiting a symmetry-breaking instability similar to the instability of an inverted pendulum. Our model explains why the straight position of an appendage in flowing fluid is unstable and how it stabilizes either to the left or right of the incoming fluid flow direction. The discovery suggests a new mechanism of locomotion that may be relevant for certain organisms; for example, how plumed seeds may drift without wind and how motile animals may passively reorient themselves.

  16. Passive appendages generate drift through symmetry breaking

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    Lācis, U.; Brosse, N.; Ingremeau, F.; Mazzino, A.; Lundell, F.; Kellay, H.; Bagheri, S.

    2014-10-01

    Plants and animals use plumes, barbs, tails, feathers, hairs and fins to aid locomotion. Many of these appendages are not actively controlled, instead they have to interact passively with the surrounding fluid to generate motion. Here, we use theory, experiments and numerical simulations to show that an object with a protrusion in a separated flow drifts sideways by exploiting a symmetry-breaking instability similar to the instability of an inverted pendulum. Our model explains why the straight position of an appendage in a fluid flow is unstable and how it stabilizes either to the left or right of the incoming flow direction. It is plausible that organisms with appendages in a separated flow use this newly discovered mechanism for locomotion; examples include the drift of plumed seeds without wind and the passive reorientation of motile animals.

  17. On Gauge Independent Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking

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    Bashir, A.; Raya, A.

    2006-09-25

    Schwinger-Dyson equations (SDEs) are an ideal framework to study nonperturbative phenomena such as dynamical chiral symmetry breaking (DCSB). Loss of gauge invariance is an obstacle to achieve fully reliable predictions from these equations. In addition to Ward-Green-Takahashi identity (WGTI), Landau-Khalatnikov-Fradkin transformations (LKFT) also play an important role in restoring the said invariance at the level of physical observables. On one hand, they impose useful constraints on the transverse part of the fermion-boson vertex and on the other, they govern the change in dynamically generated fermion propagator with a variation of gauge. We consider the latter in this article and study the gauge (in)dependence of chiral condensate in quantum electrodynamics in (2+1) space-time dimensions (QED3)

  18. Passive appendages generate drift through symmetry breaking.

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    Lācis, U; Brosse, N; Ingremeau, F; Mazzino, A; Lundell, F; Kellay, H; Bagheri, S

    2014-01-01

    Plants and animals use plumes, barbs, tails, feathers, hairs and fins to aid locomotion. Many of these appendages are not actively controlled, instead they have to interact passively with the surrounding fluid to generate motion. Here, we use theory, experiments and numerical simulations to show that an object with a protrusion in a separated flow drifts sideways by exploiting a symmetry-breaking instability similar to the instability of an inverted pendulum. Our model explains why the straight position of an appendage in a fluid flow is unstable and how it stabilizes either to the left or right of the incoming flow direction. It is plausible that organisms with appendages in a separated flow use this newly discovered mechanism for locomotion; examples include the drift of plumed seeds without wind and the passive reorientation of motile animals. PMID:25354545

  19. Time-reversal-symmetry breaking in turbulence

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    Jucha, Jennifer; Xu, Haitao; Pumir, Alain; Bodenschatz, Eberhard

    2014-11-01

    In three-dimensional turbulent flows, the flux of energy from large to small scales breaks time symmetry. We show here that this irreversibility can be quantified by following the relative motion of several Lagrangian tracers. We find by analytical calculation, numerical analysis and experimental observation that the existence of the energy flux implies that, at short times, two particles separate temporally slower forwards than backwards, and the difference between forward and backward dispersion grows as t3. We also find the geometric deformation of material volumes, surrogated by four points spanning an initially regular tetrahedron, to show sensitivity to the time-reversal with an effect growing linearly in t. We associate this with the structure of the strain rate in the flow. We thank the support from Max Planck Society, the Humboldt Foundation, ANR, and PSMN at ENS-Lyon.

  20. Passive appendages generate drift through symmetry breaking

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    Lācis, U.; Brosse, N.; Ingremeau, F.; Mazzino, A.; Lundell, F.; Kellay, H.; Bagheri, S.

    2014-01-01

    Plants and animals use plumes, barbs, tails, feathers, hairs and fins to aid locomotion. Many of these appendages are not actively controlled, instead they have to interact passively with the surrounding fluid to generate motion. Here, we use theory, experiments and numerical simulations to show that an object with a protrusion in a separated flow drifts sideways by exploiting a symmetry-breaking instability similar to the instability of an inverted pendulum. Our model explains why the straight position of an appendage in a fluid flow is unstable and how it stabilizes either to the left or right of the incoming flow direction. It is plausible that organisms with appendages in a separated flow use this newly discovered mechanism for locomotion; examples include the drift of plumed seeds without wind and the passive reorientation of motile animals. PMID:25354545

  1. Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking in Planetary Magnetic Fields

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    Cao, H.; Russell, C. T.; Aurnou, J. M.; Soderlund, K. M.; Dougherty, M. K.

    2014-12-01

    Six out of eight solar system planets currently possess global-scale intrinsic magnetic fields. Different symmetry and symmetry breaking with respect to the spin-axis and the equatorial plane of the host planet can be found for different planetary magnetic fields. With respect to the spin-axis, the magnetic fields of Mercury, Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn are dominated by the axisymmetric part while the magnetic fields of Uranus and Neptune show no such alignment. Moreover, non-axisymmetric components have not been determined unambiguously for the magnetic fields of Mercury and Saturn. With respect to the equatorial plane, the magnetic fields of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn show small but non-negligible asymmetry while the magnetic field of Mercury shows a significant asymmetry. The magnetic fields of Uranus and Neptune likely possess similar strength in the two hemispheres divided by the equatorial plane, but this needs to be confirmed with future measurements. Here we present our interpretation of the magnetic fields of Mercury and Saturn, both of which are often referred to as anomalous dipolar dynamos. For Mercury, we will show that volumetrically distributed buoyancy sources in its liquid iron core can naturally lead to equatorial symmetry breaking in the dynamo generated magnetic field as observed by MESSENGER. We will also show that the size of the solid inner core inside Mercury is likely smaller than 1000 km and could be detected indirectly with high-spatial-resolution magnetic field measurements near Mercury's north pole. In addition, we will show that degree-2 longitudinal variations observed in the magnetic equator positions of Mercury could have an internal origin. For Saturn's magnetic field, although its extreme axisymmetry could in principle be explained by a stably-stratified electrically-conducting layer on top of the dynamo region, more features such as equator-to-pole field contrasts cannot be explained by this same mechanism simultaneously. Towards

  2. Lorentz symmetry breaking in a cosmological context

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    Gresham, Moira I.

    This thesis is comprised primarily of work from three independent papers, written in collaboration with Sean Carroll, Tim Dulaney, and Heywood Tam. The original motivation for the projects undertaken came from revisiting the standard assumption of spatial isotropy during inflation. Each project relates to the spontaneous breaking of Lorentz symmetry---in early Universe cosmology or in the context of effective field theory, in general. Chapter 1 is an introductory chapter that provides context for the thesis. Chapter 2 is an investigation of the stability of theories in which Lorentz invariance is spontaneously broken by fixed-norm vector "aether" fields. It is shown that models with generic kinetic terms are plagued either by ghosts or by tachyons, and are therefore physically unacceptable. Chapter 3 is an investigation of the phenomenological properties of the one low-energy effective theory of spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking found in the previous chapter to have a globally bounded Hamiltonian and a perturbatively stable vacuum---the theory in which the Lagrangian takes the form of a sigma model. In chapter 4 cosmological perturbations in a dynamical theory of inflation in which an Abelian gauge field couples directly to the inflaton are examined. The dominant effects of a small, persistent anisotropy on the primordial gravitational wave and curvature perturbation power spectra are found using the "in-in" formalism of perturbation theory. It is found that the primordial power spectra of cosmological perturbations gain significant direction dependence and that the fractional direction dependence of the tensor power spectrum is suppressed in comparison to that of the scalar power spectrum.

  3. Breaking temporal symmetries for emission and absorption

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    Hadad, Yakir; Soric, Jason C.; Alu, Andrea

    2016-03-01

    Time-reversal symmetries impose stringent constraints on emission and absorption. Antennas, from radiofrequencies to optics, are bound to transmit and receive signals equally well from the same direction, making a directive antenna prone to receive echoes and reflections. Similarly, in thermodynamics Kirchhoff's law dictates that the absorptivity and emissivity are bound to be equal in reciprocal systems at equilibrium, e(ω,θ)=a(ω,θ), with important consequences for thermal management and energy applications. This bound requires that a good absorber emits a portion of the absorbed energy back to the source, limiting its overall efficiency. Recent works have shown that weak time modulation or mechanical motion in suitably designed structures may largely break reciprocity and time-reversal symmetry. Here we show theoretically and experimentally that a spatiotemporally modulated device can be designed to have drastically different emission and absorption properties. The proposed concept may provide significant advances for compact and efficient radiofrequency communication systems, as well as for energy harvesting and thermal management when translated to infrared frequencies.

  4. Breaking temporal symmetries for emission and absorption.

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    Hadad, Yakir; Soric, Jason C; Alu, Andrea

    2016-03-29

    Time-reversal symmetries impose stringent constraints on emission and absorption. Antennas, from radiofrequencies to optics, are bound to transmit and receive signals equally well from the same direction, making a directive antenna prone to receive echoes and reflections. Similarly, in thermodynamics Kirchhoff's law dictates that the absorptivity and emissivity are bound to be equal in reciprocal systems at equilibrium, e(ω, θ)=a(ω, θ), with important consequences for thermal management and energy applications. This bound requires that a good absorber emits a portion of the absorbed energy back to the source, limiting its overall efficiency. Recent works have shown that weak time modulation or mechanical motion in suitably designed structures may largely break reciprocity and time-reversal symmetry. Here we show theoretically and experimentally that a spatiotemporally modulated device can be designed to have drastically different emission and absorption properties. The proposed concept may provide significant advances for compact and efficient radiofrequency communication systems, as well as for energy harvesting and thermal management when translated to infrared frequencies. PMID:26984502

  5. Spontaneous Planar Chiral Symmetry Breaking in Cells

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    Hadidjojo, Jeremy; Lubensky, David

    Recent progress in animal development has highlighted the central role played by planar cell polarity (PCP) in epithelial tissue morphogenesis. Through PCP, cells have the ability to collectively polarize in the plane of the epithelium by localizing morphogenetic proteins along a certain axis. This allows direction-dependent modulation of tissue mechanical properties that can translate into the formation of complex, non-rotationally invariant shapes. Recent experimental observations[1] show that cells, in addition to being planar-polarized, can also spontaneously develop planar chirality, perhaps in the effort of making yet more complex shapes that are reflection non-invariant. In this talk we will present our work in characterizing general mechanisms that can lead to spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in cells. We decompose interfacial concentration of polarity proteins in a hexagonal cell packing into irreducible representations. We find that in the case of polar concentration distributions, a chiral state can only be reached from a secondary instability after the cells are polarized. However in the case of nematic distributions, we show that a finite-amplitude (subcritical, or ``first-order'') nematic transition can send the system from disorder directly to a chiral state. In addition, we find that perturbing the system by stretching the hexagonal packing enables direct (supercritical, or ``second-order'') chiral transition in the nematic case. Finally, we do a Landau expansion to study competition between stretch-induced chirality and the tendency towards a non-chiral state in packings that have retained the full 6-fold symmetry.

  6. Breaking the symmetry of SN1006

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    Dyer, Kristy; Reynolds, Stephen

    2002-04-01

    SN1006 has proved to be the critical supernova remnant in the study of high-energy, nonthermal processes. It provided the first undisputed source of synchrotron X-rays and has led to the discovery of less dominate nonthermal X-ray emission in other SNRs. The full ASCA dataset (70 ks) provides coverage as yet unmatched by XMM or Chandra. Analysis of the integrated spectrum of SN1006 (Dyer et al. 2001) demonstrated that the spectra was well described by the SRESC synchrotron model with a small thermal component -- with important implications for elemental abundances. Models for SN1006 have been build around the striking cylindrical symmetry about the NW-SE axis. In these models the morphology is explained by limb brightening due to expansion into an upstream magnetic field. Now however, close spectral analysis of regions across the remnant indicate that SN1006 is NOT symmetric as previously thought. I will demonstrate that SRESC submodels place severe limits on nonthermal emission in non-limb regions -- breaking the symmetry and forcing the observer into a unique orientation with respect to the remnant and discuss the impact of this result.

  7. PT-symmetry breaking in resonant tunneling heterostructures

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    Gorbatsevich, A. A.; Shubin, N. M.

    2016-06-01

    We present fermionic model based on symmetric resonant tunneling heterostructure, which demonstrates spontaneous symmetry breaking in respect to combined operations of space inversion (P) and time reversal (T). PT-symmetry breaking manifests itself in resonance coalescence (collapse of resonances). We show that resonant energies are determined by eigenvalues of auxiliary pseudo-Hermitian PT-invariant Hamiltonian.

  8. The breaking of quantum double symmetries by defect condensation

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    Bais, F.A. . E-mail: bais@science.uva.nl; Mathy, C.J.M. . E-mail: cmathy@princeton.edu

    2007-03-15

    In this paper, we study the phenomenon of Hopf or more specifically quantum double symmetry breaking. We devise a criterion for this type of symmetry breaking which is more general than the one originally proposed in F.A. Bais, B.J. Schroers, J.K. Slingerland [Broken quantum symmetry and confinement phases in planar physics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 (2002) 181601]; Hopf symmetry breaking and confinement in (2+1)-dimensional gauge theory, JHEP 05 (2003) 068], and therefore extends the number of possible breaking patterns that can be described consistently. We start by recalling why the extended symmetry notion of quantum double algebras is an optimal tool when analyzing a wide variety of two-dimensional physical systems including quantum fluids, crystals and liquid crystals. The power of this approach stems from the fact that one may characterize both ordinary and topological modes as representations of a single (generally nonabelian) Hopf symmetry. In principle a full classification of defect mediated as well as ordinary symmetry breaking patterns and subsequent confinement phenomena can be given. The formalism applies equally well to systems exhibiting global, local, internal and/or external (i.e. spatial) symmetries. The subtle differences in interpretation for the various situations are pointed out. We show that the Hopf symmetry breaking formalism reproduces the known results for ordinary (electric) condensates, and we derive formulae for defect (magnetic) condensates which also involve the phenomenon of symmetry restoration. These results are applied in two papers which will be published in parallel [C.J.M. Mathy, F.A. Bais, Nematic phases and the breaking of double symmetries, arXiv:cond-mat/0602109, 2006; F.A. Bais, C.J.M. Mathy, Defect mediated melting and the breaking of quantum double symmetries, arXiv:cond-mat/0602101, 2006].

  9. The breaking of quantum double symmetries by defect condensation

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    Bais, F. A.; Mathy, C. J. M.

    2007-03-01

    In this paper, we study the phenomenon of Hopf or more specifically quantum double symmetry breaking. We devise a criterion for this type of symmetry breaking which is more general than the one originally proposed in F.A. Bais, B.J. Schroers, J.K. Slingerland [Broken quantum symmetry and confinement phases in planar physics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 (2002) 181601]; Hopf symmetry breaking and confinement in (2+1)-dimensional gauge theory, JHEP 05 (2003) 068], and therefore extends the number of possible breaking patterns that can be described consistently. We start by recalling why the extended symmetry notion of quantum double algebras is an optimal tool when analyzing a wide variety of two-dimensional physical systems including quantum fluids, crystals and liquid crystals. The power of this approach stems from the fact that one may characterize both ordinary and topological modes as representations of a single (generally nonabelian) Hopf symmetry. In principle a full classification of defect mediated as well as ordinary symmetry breaking patterns and subsequent confinement phenomena can be given. The formalism applies equally well to systems exhibiting global, local, internal and/or external (i.e. spatial) symmetries. The subtle differences in interpretation for the various situations are pointed out. We show that the Hopf symmetry breaking formalism reproduces the known results for ordinary (electric) condensates, and we derive formulae for defect (magnetic) condensates which also involve the phenomenon of symmetry restoration. These results are applied in two papers which will be published in parallel [C.J.M. Mathy, F.A. Bais, Nematic phases and the breaking of double symmetries, arXiv:cond-mat/0602109, 2006; F.A. Bais, C.J.M. Mathy, Defect mediated melting and the breaking of quantum double symmetries, arXiv:cond-mat/0602101, 2006].

  10. Lorentz symmetry breaking effects on relativistic EPR correlations

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    Belich, H.; Furtado, C.; Bakke, K.

    2015-09-01

    Lorentz symmetry breaking effects on relativistic EPR (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen) correlations are discussed. From the modified Maxwell theory coupled to gravity, we establish a possible scenario of the Lorentz symmetry violation and write an effective metric for the Minkowski spacetime. Then we obtain the Wigner rotation angle via the Fermi-Walker transport of spinors and consider the WKB (Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin) approximation in order to study the influence of Lorentz symmetry breaking effects on the relativistic EPR correlations.

  11. Chiral symmetry breaking with lattice propagators

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    Aguilar, A. C.; Papavassiliou, J.

    2011-01-01

    We study chiral symmetry breaking using the standard gap equation, supplemented with the infrared-finite gluon propagator and ghost dressing function obtained from large-volume lattice simulations. One of the most important ingredients of this analysis is the non-Abelian quark-gluon vertex, which controls the way the ghost sector enters into the gap equation. Specifically, this vertex introduces a numerically crucial dependence on the ghost dressing function and the quark-ghost scattering amplitude. This latter quantity satisfies its own, previously unexplored, dynamical equation, which may be decomposed into individual integral equations for its various form factors. In particular, the scalar form factor is obtained from an approximate version of the 'one-loop dressed' integral equation, and its numerical impact turns out to be rather considerable. The detailed numerical analysis of the resulting gap equation reveals that the constituent quark mass obtained is about 300 MeV, while fermions in the adjoint representation acquire a mass in the range of (750-962) MeV.

  12. Nonlinear Emergent Complexity during Cosmological Symmetry Breaking

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    Stamatopoulos, Nikitas

    In this thesis, the dynamics of long-lived, time-dependent, coherent field configurations, known as oscillons, are investigated in the presence of an expanding background. In a (1+1)-dimensional expanding spacetime, scalar-field oscillon lifetimes are shown to be exponentially large compared to the natural time scales of the system. Moreover, a numerical investigation starting from (quasi) thermal initial conditions, indicates that a large fraction of the energy density of the Universe is taken up by oscillons, suggesting that they could play a role during various non-linear processes in the early Universe. Moving to (3+1) dimensions, a similar analysis is carried out in a symmetry breaking scenario in de Sitter space to examine how the rate of expansion affects oscillon lifetimes in a spherically symmetric model. Starting with thermal initial conditions similar to the (1+1)-dimensional case, oscillons are still found to occupy a significant fraction of the final energy density. Finally, a new class of two-field oscillons is studied which exhibit lifetimes as much as four times larger than the single-field oscillon solutions. Using parameters consistent with WMAP 7-year data, their emergence after hybrid inflation is investigated to reveal that oscillons end up contributing up to 20% to the final energy density of a matter-dominated Universe.

  13. Black holes and Abelian symmetry breaking

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    Chagoya, Javier; Niz, Gustavo; Tasinato, Gianmassimo

    2016-09-01

    Black hole configurations offer insights on the nonlinear aspects of gravitational theories, and can suggest testable predictions for modifications of General Relativity. In this work, we examine exact black hole configurations in vector–tensor theories, originally proposed to explain dark energy by breaking the Abelian symmetry with a non-minimal coupling of the vector to gravity. We are able to evade the no-go theorems by Bekenstein on the existence of regular black holes in vector–tensor theories with Proca mass terms, and exhibit regular black hole solutions with a profile for the longitudinal vector polarisation, characterised by an additional charge. We analytically find the most general static, spherically symmetric black hole solutions with and without a cosmological constant, and study in some detail their features, such as how the geometry depends on the vector charges. We also include angular momentum, and find solutions describing slowly-rotating black holes. Finally, we extend some of these solutions to higher dimensions.

  14. A Molecular Model for Chiral Symmetry Breaking

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    Latinwo, Folarin; Stillinger, Frank; Debenedetti, Pablo

    In this work, we present a new class of molecular models for chiral phenomena in condensed matter systems. A key feature of these models is the ability of the four-site (tetramer) ``molecules'' to inter-convert between two distinct chiral forms (enantiomers). Given this feature, we use analytical theory and computer simulations to investigate the emergent chiral properties (including symmetry breaking) over a range of conditions. In particular, we consider the single-molecule level and condensed-phase behavior of our model system. Interestingly, we find that our liquid-phase predictions are in excellent agreement with recent experimental reports on chiral self-sorting in isotropic liquids. From this perspective, our model demonstrates accurate predictive capabilities, as well as a platform for understanding the microscopic origins of a variety of chiral phenomena. In a broader context, we anticipate that this class of models will be relevant to chirality-dominated areas such as the pharmaceutical industry and pre-biotic geochemistry.

  15. Spontaneous Breaking of Spatial and Spin Symmetry in Spinor Condensates

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    Scherer, M.; Luecke, B.; Topic, O.; Ertmer, W.; Klempt, C.; Gebreyesus, G.; Deuretzbacher, F.; Santos, L.; Arlt, J. J.

    2010-09-24

    Parametric amplification of quantum fluctuations constitutes a fundamental mechanism for spontaneous symmetry breaking. In our experiments, a spinor condensate acts as a parametric amplifier of spin modes, resulting in a twofold spontaneous breaking of spatial and spin symmetry in the amplified clouds. Our experiments permit a precise analysis of the amplification in specific spatial Bessel-like modes, allowing for the detailed understanding of the double symmetry breaking. On resonances that create vortex-antivortex superpositions, we show that the cylindrical spatial symmetry is spontaneously broken, but phase squeezing prevents spin-symmetry breaking. If, however, nondegenerate spin modes contribute to the amplification, quantum interferences lead to spin-dependent density profiles and hence spontaneously formed patterns in the longitudinal magnetization.

  16. Universal features of spin transport and breaking of unitary symmetries

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    Jacquod, Ph.; Adagideli, İ.

    2013-07-01

    When time-reversal symmetry is broken, quantum coherent systems with and without spin rotational symmetry exhibit the same universal behavior in their electric transport properties. We show that spin transport discriminates between these two cases. In systems with large charge conductance, spin transport is essentially insensitive to the breaking of time-reversal symmetry. However, in the opposite limit of a single exit channel, spin currents vanish identically in the presence of time-reversal symmetry, but are turned on by breaking it with an orbital magnetic field.

  17. Research on Electroweak and Flavor Symmetry Breaking

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    Lane, Kenneth Douglas

    2013-05-01

    Abstract of Project Summary, as written in August 2012: The objective of this research is the primary one of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva: the discovery and study of the origin of electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB). This is the mission of the LHC's two large general-purpose detectors, ATLAS and CMS. Lane's approach to this goal assumes that a new strong interaction at the electroweak energy scale of 100's of GeV, called ``technicolor'' (TC), is responsible for triggering EWSB. He is one of the developers of technicolor, particularly of its flavor-physics component, called extended technicolor (ETC). The TC/ETC theory of this physics provides not only the dynamics of EWSB, but also an understanding of the types (flavors) of quarks and leptons and of their masses and mixing. The main thrust of this research involves close collaboration with members of ATLAS and CMS to search for the signatures of TC/ETC that are most accessible experimentally. These are new, rather heavy, spin-one particles --- technivector bosons ($\\tro$, $\\tom$, $\\ta$) --- readily produced at the LHC and decaying into electroweak bosons, $\\gamma, W, Z$, and spin-zero bosons called technipions, $\\tpi$. If these particles exist, they hold the key to understanding flavor physics. A very important recent development at the LHC is the discovery of a new 125-GeV boson decaying into $\\gamma\\gamma$, $ZZ$ and $WW$. This particle is widely suspected to be the long-sought Higgs boson, a basic component of the so-called standard model of EWSB. But, from a purely theoretical standpoint, this resolution to the origin of EWSB is very unsatisfactory. Moreover, there are interesting and possibly significant discrepancies of the data with this interpretation. Lane and collaborators are proposing that this boson is, in fact, a special kind of technipion. He is also working with ATLAS experimentalists to test this hypothesis. The LHC data to be collected and analyzed by ATLAS and CMS over

  18. Elastoconductivity measurements as a probe of broken mirror symmetries

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    Hlobil, Patrik; Maharaj, Akash V.; Hosur, Pavan; Shapiro, Maxwell C.; Fisher, Ian R.; Raghu, Srinivas

    We propose the possible detection of broken mirror symmetries in correlated two-dimensional materials by elastotransport measurements. Using linear response theory we calculate the shearconductivity Γxx , xy , defined as the linear change of the longitudinal conductivity σxx due to a shear strain ɛxy . This quantity can only be non-vanishing when in-plane mirror symmetries are broken and we discuss how candidate states in the cuprate pseudogap regime (e.g. various loop current or charge orders) may exhibit a finite shearconductivity. We also provide a realistic experimental protocol for detecting such a response, including the specific form of the elastoresistance for broken tetragonal symmetry.

  19. Personal recollections on chiral symmetry breaking

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    Kobayashi, Makoto

    2016-07-01

    The author's work on the mass of pseudoscalar mesons is briefly reviewed. The emergence of the study of CP violation in the renormalizable gauge theory from consideration of chiral symmetry in the quark model is discussed.

  20. Nematic phases and the breaking of double symmetries

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    Mathy, C.J.M. . E-mail: cmathy@princeton.edu; Bais, F.A. . E-mail: bais@science.uva.nl

    2007-03-15

    In this paper, we present a phase classification of (effectively) two-dimensional non-Abelian nematics, obtained using the Hopf symmetry breaking formalism. In this formalism, one exploits the underlying double symmetry which treats both ordinary and topological modes on equal footing, i.e., as representations of a single (non-Abelian) Hopf symmetry. The method introduced in the literature [F.A. Bais, B.J. Schroers, J.K. Slingerland, Broken quantum symmetry and confinement phases in planar physics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 (2002) 181601; F.A. Bais, B.J. Schroers, J.K. Slingerland, Hopf symmetry breaking and confinement in (2+1)-dimensional gauge theory, JHEP 05 (2003) 068.] and further developed in a paper published in parallel [F.A. Bais, C.J.M. Mathy, The breaking of quantum double symmetries by defect condensation, 2006, arXiv:cond-mat/0602115.] allows for a full classification of defect mediated as well as ordinary symmetry breaking patterns and a description of the resulting confinement and/or liberation phenomena. After a summary of the formalism, we determine the double symmetries for tetrahedral, octahedral, and icosahedral nematics and their representations. Subsequently the breaking patterns which follow from the formation of admissible defect condensates are analyzed systematically. This leads to a host of new (quantum and classical) nematic phases. Our result consists of a listing of condensates, with the corresponding intermediate residual symmetry algebra T{sub r} and the symmetry algebra U characterizing the effective 'low energy' theory of surviving unconfined and liberated degrees of freedom in the broken phase. The results suggest that the formalism is applicable to a wide variety of two-dimensional quantum fluids, crystals and liquid crystals.

  1. Nematic phases and the breaking of double symmetries

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    Mathy, C. J. M.; Bais, F. A.

    2007-03-01

    In this paper, we present a phase classification of (effectively) two-dimensional non-Abelian nematics, obtained using the Hopf symmetry breaking formalism. In this formalism, one exploits the underlying double symmetry which treats both ordinary and topological modes on equal footing, i.e., as representations of a single (non-Abelian) Hopf symmetry. The method introduced in the literature [F.A. Bais, B.J. Schroers, J.K. Slingerland, Broken quantum symmetry and confinement phases in planar physics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 (2002) 181601; F.A. Bais, B.J. Schroers, J.K. Slingerland, Hopf symmetry breaking and confinement in (2+1)-dimensional gauge theory, JHEP 05 (2003) 068.] and further developed in a paper published in parallel [F.A. Bais, C.J.M. Mathy, The breaking of quantum double symmetries by defect condensation, 2006, arXiv:cond-mat/0602115.] allows for a full classification of defect mediated as well as ordinary symmetry breaking patterns and a description of the resulting confinement and/or liberation phenomena. After a summary of the formalism, we determine the double symmetries for tetrahedral, octahedral, and icosahedral nematics and their representations. Subsequently the breaking patterns which follow from the formation of admissible defect condensates are analyzed systematically. This leads to a host of new (quantum and classical) nematic phases. Our result consists of a listing of condensates, with the corresponding intermediate residual symmetry algebra Tr and the symmetry algebra U characterizing the effective "low energy" theory of surviving unconfined and liberated degrees of freedom in the broken phase. The results suggest that the formalism is applicable to a wide variety of two-dimensional quantum fluids, crystals and liquid crystals.

  2. The geometric role of symmetry breaking in gravity

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    Wise, Derek K.

    2012-05-01

    In gravity, breaking symmetry from a group G to a group H plays the role of describing geometry in relation to the geometry of the homogeneous space G/H. The deep reason for this is Cartan's 'method of equivalence,' giving, in particular, an exact correspondence between metrics and Cartan connections. I argue that broken symmetry is thus implicit in any gravity theory, for purely geometric reasons. As an application, I explain how this kind of thinking gives a new approach to Hamiltonian gravity in which an observer field spontaneously breaks Lorentz symmetry and gives a Cartan connection on space.

  3. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in 4-dimensional heterotic string

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    Maharana, J.

    1989-07-01

    The evolution of a 4-dimensional heterotic string is considered in the background of its massless excitations such as graviton, antisymmetric tensor, gauge fields and scalar bosons. The compactified bosonic coordinates are fermionized. The world-sheet supersymmetry requirement enforces Thirring-like four fermion coupling to the background scalar fields. The non-abelian gauge symmetry is exhibited through the Ward identities of the S-matrix elements. The spontaneous symmetry breaking mechanism is exhibited through the broken Ward identities. An effective 4-dimensional action is constructed and the consequence of spontaneous symmetry breaking is envisaged for the effective action. 19 refs.

  4. Local Activity Principle:. the Cause of Complexity and Symmetry Breaking

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    Mainzer, Klaus

    2013-01-01

    The principle of local activity is precisely the missing concept to explain the emergence of complex patterns in a homogeneous medium. Leon O. Chua discovered and defined this principle in the theory of nonlinear electronic circuits in a mathematically rigorous way. The local principle can be generalized and proven at least for the class of nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems in physics, chemistry, biology and brain research. Recently, it was realized by memristors for nanoelectronic device applications in technical brains. In general, the emergence of complex patterns and structures is explained by symmetry breaking in homogeneous media. The principle of local activity is the cause of symmetry breaking in homogeneous media. We argue that the principle of local activity is really fundamental in science and can even be identified in quantum cosmology as symmetry breaking of local gauge symmetries generating the complexity of matter and forces in our universe. Finally, we consider applications in economic, financial, and social systems with the emergence of equilibrium states, symmetry breaking at critical points of phase transitions and risky acting at the edge of chaos. In any case, the driving causes of symmetry breaking and the emergence of complexity are locally active elements, cells, units, or agents.

  5. Impact of symmetry breaking in networks of globally coupled oscillators

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    Premalatha, K.; Chandrasekar, V. K.; Senthilvelan, M.; Lakshmanan, M.

    2015-05-01

    We analyze the consequences of symmetry breaking in the coupling in a network of globally coupled identical Stuart-Landau oscillators. We observe that symmetry breaking leads to increased disorderliness in the dynamical behavior of oscillatory states and consequently results in a rich variety of dynamical states. Depending on the strength of the nonisochronicity parameter, we find various dynamical states such as amplitude chimera, amplitude cluster, frequency chimera, and frequency cluster states. In addition we also find disparate transition routes to recently observed chimera death states in the presence of symmetry breaking even with global coupling. We also analytically verify the chimera death region, which corroborates the numerical results. These results are compared with that of the symmetry-preserving case as well.

  6. Spatial symmetry breaking in rapidly rotating convective spherical shells

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    Zhang, Keke; Schubert, Gerald

    1995-01-01

    Many problems in geophysical and astrophysical convection systems are characterized by fast rotation and spherical shell geometry. The combined effects of Coriolis forces and spherical shell geometry produce a unique spatial symmetry for the convection pattern in a rapidly rotating spherical shell. In this paper, we first discuss the general spatial symmetries for rotating spherical shell convection. A special model, a spherical shell heated from below, is then used to illustrate how and when the spatial symmetries are broken. Symmetry breaking occurs via a sequence of spatial transitions from the primary conducting state to the complex multiple-layered columnar structure. It is argued that, because of the dominant effects of rotation, the sequence of spatial transitions identified from this particular model is likely to be generally valid. Applications of the spatial symmetry breaking to planetary convection problems are also discussed.

  7. Breaking the Symmetry in Molecular Nanorings

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    2016-01-01

    Because of their unique electronic properties, cyclic molecular structures ranging from benzene to natural light-harvesting complexes have received much attention. Rigid π-conjugated templated porphyrin nanorings serve as excellent model systems here because they possess well-defined structures that can readily be controlled and because they support highly delocalized excitations. In this study, we have deliberately modified a series of six-porphyrin nanorings to examine the impact of lowering the rotational symmetry on their photophysical properties. We reveal that as symmetry distortions increase in severity along the series of structures, spectral changes and an enhancement of radiative emission strength occur, which derive from a transfer of oscillator strength into the lowest (k = 0) state. We find that concomitantly, the degeneracy of the dipole-allowed first excited (k = ±1) state is lifted, leading to an ultrafast polarization switching effect in the emission from strongly symmetry-broken nanorings. PMID:26735906

  8. Breaking the Symmetry in Molecular Nanorings.

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    Gong, Juliane Q; Favereau, Ludovic; Anderson, Harry L; Herz, Laura M

    2016-01-21

    Because of their unique electronic properties, cyclic molecular structures ranging from benzene to natural light-harvesting complexes have received much attention. Rigid π-conjugated templated porphyrin nanorings serve as excellent model systems here because they possess well-defined structures that can readily be controlled and because they support highly delocalized excitations. In this study, we have deliberately modified a series of six-porphyrin nanorings to examine the impact of lowering the rotational symmetry on their photophysical properties. We reveal that as symmetry distortions increase in severity along the series of structures, spectral changes and an enhancement of radiative emission strength occur, which derive from a transfer of oscillator strength into the lowest (k = 0) state. We find that concomitantly, the degeneracy of the dipole-allowed first excited (k = ±1) state is lifted, leading to an ultrafast polarization switching effect in the emission from strongly symmetry-broken nanorings. PMID:26735906

  9. Symmetry breaking in individual plasmonic nanoparticles

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    Wang, Hui; Wu, Yanpeng; Lassiter, Britt; Nehl, Colleen L.; Hafner, Jason H.; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J.

    2006-01-01

    The plasmon resonances of a concentric metallic nanoshell arise from the hybridization of primitive plasmon modes of the same angular momentum on its inner and outer surfaces. For a nanoshell with an offset core, the reduction in symmetry relaxes these selection rules, allowing for an admixture of dipolar components in all plasmon modes of the particle. This metallodielectric nanostructure with reduced symmetry exhibits a core offset-dependent multipeaked spectrum, seen in single-particle spectroscopic measurements, and exhibits significantly larger local-field enhancements on its external surface than the equivalent concentric spherical nanostructure. PMID:16829573

  10. Inversion Symmetry Breaking in Endohedral C_60

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    Clougherty, Dennis; Anderson, Frederick

    1998-03-01

    A pseudo--Jahn--Teller model describing central atom distortions is proposed for endohedral fullerenes of the form A@C_60 where A is either a rare gas or a metal atom. A critical (dimensionless) coupling gc is found, at or below which the symmetric configuration is stable and above which inversion symmetry is broken. Vibronic parameters are given for selected endohedral fullerenes.

  11. Electroweak Symmetry Breaking from Monopole Condensation

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    Csaki, Csaba; Shirman, Yuri; Terning, John

    2011-01-28

    We argue that the electroweak symmetry of the standard model (SM) could be broken via condensation of magnetic monopole bilinears. We present an extension of the SM where this could indeed happen, and where the heavy top mass is also a consequence of the magnetic interactions.

  12. Nongeometric Calabi-Yau compactifications and fractional mirror symmetry

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    Israël, Dan

    2015-03-01

    We construct a wide class of nongeometric compactifications of type II superstring theories preserving N =1 space-time supersymmetry in four dimensions, starting from Calabi-Yau compactifications at Gepner points. Particular examples of this construction provide quantum equivalences between Calabi-Yau compactifications and non-Calabi-Yau ones, generalizing mirror symmetry. The associated Landau-Ginzburg models involve both chiral and twisted chiral multiplets and hence cannot be lifted to ordinary Calabi-Yau gauged linear sigma models.

  13. Standard Model Gauge Couplings from Gauge-Dilatation Symmetry Breaking

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    Odagiri, Kosuke

    2014-09-01

    It is well known that the self-energy of the gauge bosons is quadratically divergent in the Standard Model when a simple cutoff is imposed. We demonstrate phenomenologically that the quadratic divergences in fact unify. The unification occurs at a surprisingly low scale, GeV. Suppose now that there is a spontaneously broken rotational symmetry between the space-time coordinates and gauge theoretical phases. The symmetry-breaking pattern is such that the gauge bosons arise as the massless Goldstone bosons, whereas the dilatonic mode acts as the massive (Higgs) boson, whose vacuum expectation value determines the gauge couplings. In this case, the quadratic divergences or the tadpoles of the gauge boson self-energy should indeed unify because these divergences need to be cancelled by a universal dilatonic contribution, assuming dynamical symmetry breaking. If there is dynamical symmetry breaking, we are in principle able to calculate the value of the gauge couplings as well as the scale hierarchy . We perform this calculation by adopting a naive quartic symmetry-breaking potential which unfortunately violates local gauge invariance. Using tadpole-cancellation and dilatonic self-energy conditions, the value of is then found to be approximately GeV in the Feynman gauge and GeV in the Landau gauge. The cancellation of an anomaly in the dilaton self-energy requires that the number of fermionic generations equals three. The symmetry-breaking needs to be driven by some other mass-generating mechanism such as electroweak symmetry breaking. Our estimation for is of the correct order if GeV.

  14. Radiatively induced breaking of conformal symmetry in a superpotential

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    Arbuzov, A. B.; Cirilo-Lombardo, D. J.

    2016-07-01

    Radiatively induced symmetry breaking is considered for a toy model with one scalar and one fermion field unified in a superfield. It is shown that the classical quartic self-interaction of the superfield possesses a quantum infrared singularity. Application of the Coleman-Weinberg mechanism for effective potential leads to the appearance of condensates and masses for both scalar and fermion components. That induces a spontaneous breaking of the initial classical symmetries: the supersymmetry and the conformal one. The energy scales for the scalar and fermion condensates appear to be of the same order, while the renormalization scale is many orders of magnitude higher. A possibility to relate the considered toy model to conformal symmetry breaking in the Standard Model is discussed.

  15. On a model of dynamical breaking of the electroweak symmetry

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    Arbuzov, B. A.

    1992-08-01

    A model of dynamical breaking of the symmetry of the electroweak interaction is proposed. It is based on a self-consistent mechanism of the appearance of an additional gauge invariant vertex. The conditions of spontaneous symmetry breaking in the mass operators of W, Z and in the form factor of the vertex give a set of equations. There exist solutions breaking the symmetry which bear no contradiction to the existing data. The model defines the Weinberg mixing angle sin 2θw ≈ 0.34 with the possible accuracy of (20-30)%. The mechanism predicts strong W and Z multiple production in e+e- reactions at TeV energies.

  16. Spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking in non-linear electrodynamics

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    Urrutia, Luis F.

    2010-07-29

    A recently proposed model of non-linear electrodynamics arising from a gauge invariant spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking is reviewed. The potential providing the symmetry breaking is argued to arise from the integration of gauge bosons and fermions in an underlying theory. The invariant subgroups remaining after the symmetry breaking are determined, as well as the dispersion relations and polarization modes of the propagating linear sector or the model. Strong bounds upon the predicted anisotropy of the speed of light are obtained by embedding the model in the electromagnetic sector of the Standard Model Extension and taking advantage of the restrictions in the parameters derived there. Finally, a reasonable estimation of the intergalactic magnetic field is obtained by assuming that the vacuum energy of the model is described by the standard cosmological constant.

  17. Gravitationally coupled magnetic monopole and conformal symmetry breaking

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    Edery, Ariel; Fabbri, Luca; Paranjape, M. B.

    We consider a Georgi-Glashow model conformally coupled to gravity. The conformally invariant action includes a triplet of scalar fields and SO(3) non-Abelian gauge fields. However, the usual mass term $\\mu^2 \\phi^2$ is forbidden by the symmetry and this role is now played by the conformal coupling of the Ricci scalar to the scalar fields. Spontaneous symmetry breaking occurs via gravitation. The spherically symmetric solutions correspond to localized solitons (magnetic monopoles) in asymptotically anti-de-Sitter (AdS) space-time and the metric outside the core of the monopole is found to be Schwarzschild-AdS. Though conformal symmetry excludes the Einstein-Hilbert term in the original action, it emerges in the effective action after spontaneous symmetry breaking and dominates the low-energy/long-distance regime outside the core of the monopole.

  18. Symmetry breaking and restoration in Lifshitz type theories

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    Farakos, K.; Metaxas, D.

    2012-02-01

    We consider the one-loop effective potential at zero and finite temperature in scalar field theories with anisotropic space-time scaling. For z = 2, there is a symmetry breaking term induced at one loop at zero temperature and we find symmetry restoration through a first-order phase transition at high temperature. For z = 3, we considered at first the case with a positive mass term at tree level and found no symmetry breaking effects induced at one loop, and then we study the case with a negative mass term at tree level where we cannot conclude about symmetry restoration effects at high temperature because of the imaginary parts that appear in the effective potential for small values of the scalar field.

  19. Gedanken Worlds without Higgs: QCD-Induced Electroweak Symmetry Breaking

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    Quigg, Chris; Shrock, Robert; /YITP, Stony Brook

    2009-01-01

    To illuminate how electroweak symmetry breaking shapes the physical world, we investigate toy models in which no Higgs fields or other constructs are introduced to induce spontaneous symmetry breaking. Two models incorporate the standard SU(3){sub c} {circle_times} SU(2){sub L} {circle_times} U(1){sub Y} gauge symmetry and fermion content similar to that of the standard model. The first class--like the standard electroweak theory--contains no bare mass terms, so the spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry within quantum chromodynamics is the only source of electroweak symmetry breaking. The second class adds bare fermion masses sufficiently small that QCD remains the dominant source of electroweak symmetry breaking and the model can serve as a well-behaved low-energy effective field theory to energies somewhat above the hadronic scale. A third class of models is based on the left-right-symmetric SU(3){sub c} {circle_times} SU(2){sub L} {circle_times} SU(2){sub R} {circle_times} U(1)B?L gauge group. In a fourth class of models, built on SU(4){sub PS} {circle_times} SU(2){sub L} {circle_times} SU(2){sub R} gauge symmetry, lepton number is treated as a fourth color. Many interesting characteristics of the models stem from the fact that the effective strength of the weak interactions is much closer to that of the residual strong interactions than in the real world. The Higgs-free models not only provide informative contrasts to the real world, but also lead us to consider intriguing issues in the application of field theory to the real world.

  20. Origin of fermion masses without spontaneous symmetry breaking

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    Ayyar, Venkitesh; Chandrasekharan, Shailesh

    2016-04-01

    Using large scale Monte Carlo calculations in a simple three dimensional lattice fermion model, we establish the existence of a second order quantum phase transition between a massless fermion phase and a massive one, both of which have the same symmetries. This shows that fermion masses can arise due to dynamics without the need for spontaneous symmetry breaking. Universality suggests that this alternate origin of the fermion mass should be of fundamental interest.

  1. Comment on "Electromagnetic Radiation under Explicit Symmetry Breaking"

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    Simovski, C.; Miroshnichenko, A. E.; Belov, P.; Krasnok, A.

    2015-09-01

    Recently published paper [PRL 114, 147701 (2015)] contains several misleading statements and misinterpretations of known facts. The main massage of the paper [PRL 114, 147701 (2015)] is as follows: "We have shown that explicit symmetry breaking in the structural configuration of charges leads to symmetry breaking of the electric field which results in electromagnetic radiation due to non-conservative current within a localized region of space and time" seems to transcend mere empiricism, touching the theoretical foundations of electromagnetism. Moreover, basic mistakes are numerous in this article and its main claim is wrong. Below we prove it citing the paper and arguing against it.

  2. Flavor symmetry breaking effects on the SU(3) Skyrmion

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    Hong, Soon-Tae; Park, Young-Jai

    2001-03-01

    We study the massive SU(3) Skyrmion model to investigate the flavor symmetry breaking (FSB) effects on the static properties of the strange baryons in the framework of the rigid rotator quantization scheme combined with the improved Dirac quantization one. Both the chiral symmetry breaking pion mass and FSB kinetic terms are shown to improve c, the ratio of the strange-light to light-light interaction strengths, and c¯, that of the strange-strange to light-light interaction strengths.

  3. Charge-symmetry breaking {Lambda}-nucleon interaction

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    Bodmer, A.R.; Murali, M.; Usmani, Q.N.

    1995-08-01

    Some time ago we showed that the charge-symmetry-breaking interaction, as obtained from the mass four hypernuclei ({sub {Lambda}}{sup 4}H, {sub {Lambda}}{sup 4}He), was spin-independent; a result which cannot be understood with the conventional meson-exchange models. The calculations of ({sub {Lambda}}{sup 4}H, {sub {Lambda}}{sup 4}He) are currently being extended to include noncentral nuclear and hypernuclear forces which could modify this result. At a more fundamental level we intend to study quark-structure contributions to the charge-symmetry-breaking interaction.

  4. Chiral Symmetry Breaking in Crystal Growth: Is Hydrodynamic Convection Relevant?

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    Martin, B.; Tharrington, A.; Wu, Xiao-Lun

    1996-01-01

    The effects of mechanical stirring on nucleation and chiral symmetry breaking have been investigated for a simple inorganic molecule, sodium chlorate (NaClO3). In contrast to earlier findings, our experiment suggests that the symmetry breaking may have little to do with hydrodynamic convection. Rather the effect can be reasonably accounted for by mechanical damage to incipient crystals. The catastrophic events, creating numerous small 'secondary' crystals, produce statistical domination of one chiral species over the other. Our conclusion is supported by a number of observations using different mixing mechanisms.

  5. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in correlated wave functions

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    Kaneko, Ryui; Tocchio, Luca F.; Valentí, Roser; Becca, Federico; Gros, Claudius

    2016-03-01

    We show that Jastrow-Slater wave functions, in which a density-density Jastrow factor is applied onto an uncorrelated fermionic state, may possess long-range order even when all symmetries are preserved in the wave function. This fact is mainly related to the presence of a sufficiently strong Jastrow term (also including the case of full Gutzwiller projection, suitable for describing spin models). Selected examples are reported, including the spawning of Néel order and dimerization in spin systems, and the stabilization of charge and orbital order in itinerant electronic systems.

  6. General Method to Determine Replica Symmetry Breaking Transitions

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    Marinari, E.; Naitza, C.; Zuliani, F.; Parisi, G.; Picco, M.; Ritort, F.

    1998-08-01

    We introduce a new parameter to investigate replica symmetry breaking transitions using finite-size scaling methods. Based on exact equalities initially derived by F. Guerra this parameter is a direct check of the self-averaging character of the spin-glass order parameter. This new parameter can be used to study models with time reversal symmetry but its greatest interest lies in models where this symmetry is absent. We apply the method to long-range and short-range Ising spin-glasses with and without a magnetic field as well as short-range multispin interaction spin-glasses.

  7. Contact process with sublattice symmetry breaking.

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    de Oliveira, Marcelo Martins; Dickman, Ronald

    2011-07-01

    We study a contact process with creation at first- and second-neighbor sites and inhibition at first neighbors, in the form of an annihilation rate that increases with the number of occupied first neighbors. Mean-field theory predicts three phases: inactive (absorbing), active symmetric, and active asymmetric, the latter exhibiting distinct sublattice densities on a bipartite lattice. These phases are separated by continuous transitions; the phase diagram is re-entrant. Monte Carlo simulations in two dimensions verify these predictions qualitatively, except for a first-neighbor creation rate of zero. (In the latter case one of the phase transitions is discontinuous.) Our numerical results confirm that the symmetric-asymmetric transition belongs to the Ising universality class, and that the active-absorbing transition belongs to the directed percolation class, as expected from symmetry considerations. PMID:21867131

  8. New Evidence about the Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Action of an Asymmetric Weak Heat Source.

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    Mineo, Placido; Villari, Valentina; Scamporrino, Emilio; Micali, Norberto

    2015-09-17

    In the present study, we show how, in a stagnant water solution of uncharged aggregated achiral porphyrin-based molecules, a mirror-symmetry breaking (SB) can be induced and controlled by means of a weak asymmetric thermal gradient. In particular, it is shown that the optical activity of the aggregate porphyrin solution can be generated and reversed, in sign, only acting on the thermal ramp direction (heating or cooling). In order to avoid data misinterpretation, the aggregate structure modifications with the temperature change and the linear dichroism contribution to circular dichroism spectra were evaluated. A model simulation, using a finite element analysis approach describing the thermal flows, shows that small thermal gradients are able to give rise to asymmetric heat flow. The results reported here can be considered new evidence about the spontaneous symmetry breaking phenomenon induced by very weak forces having an important role in the natural chiral selective processes. PMID:26315854

  9. Enhanced stability of skyrmions in magnets with broken mirror symmetry

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    Rowland, James; Banerjee, Sumilan; Randeria, Mohit

    Most previous work on skyrmion phases in chiral magnets with Dzyaloshinkii Moriya interactions (DMI) focuses on the case of broken bulk inversion symmetry. The skyrmion crystal is then stable only in a limited range of parameter space with easy-axis anisotropy. In this talk I will describe the effects of including broken mirror or surface inversion symmetry which leads to a Rashba DMI, in addition to the Dresselhaus DMI arising from broken bulk inversion. I will show that increasing Rashba DMI leads to a progressively larger domain of stability for skyrmions, especially in the easy-plane anisotropy regime. In the latter regime the topological charge density shows an unusual internal structure, and isolated skyrmions cannot be embedded in a ferromagnetic background. Thus the homotopy group π2 (S2) method of classifying skyrmions fails. I will discuss a Chern number classification of these non-trivial skyrmions using maps from the 2-torus (the unit cell for skyrmion crystals) to the 2-sphere in spin space. Finally, I will discuss the elliptic cone phase, a new state that emerges for easy-axis anisotropy and broken mirror symmetry. We acknowledge support by the National Science Foundation by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Grant No. DGE-1343012 (JR), by an NSF Grant DMR-1410364 (MR), and by the CEM, an NSF MRSEC, under Grant DMR-1420451.

  10. Spontaneous symmetry breaking at the fluctuating level.

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    Hurtado, Pablo I; Garrido, Pedro L

    2011-10-28

    Phase transitions not allowed in equilibrium steady states may happen, however, at the fluctuating level. We observe for the first time this striking and general phenomenon measuring current fluctuations in an isolated diffusive system. While small fluctuations result from the sum of weakly correlated local events, for currents above a critical threshold the system self-organizes into a coherent traveling wave which facilitates the current deviation by gathering energy in a localized packet, thus breaking translation invariance. This results in Gaussian statistics for small fluctuations but non-Gaussian tails above the critical current. Our observations, which agree with predictions derived from hydrodynamic fluctuation theory, strongly suggest that rare events are generically associated with coherent, self-organized patterns which enhance their probability. PMID:22107617

  11. Quark and lepton mixing as manifestations of violated mirror symmetry

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    Dyatlov, I. T.

    2015-06-15

    The existence of heavy mirror analogs of ordinary fermions would provide deeper insight into the gedanken paradox appearing in the Standard Model upon direct parity violation and consisting in a physical distinguishability of left- and right-hand coordinate frames. Arguments are presented in support of the statement that such mirror states may also be involved in the formation of observed properties of the system of Standard Model quarks and leptons—that is, their mass spectra and their weak-mixing matrices: (i) In the case of the involvement of mirror generations, the quark mixing matrix assumes the experimentally observed form. It is determined by the constraints imposed by weak SU(2) symmetry and by the quark-mass hierarchy. (ii) Under the same conditions and upon the involvement of mirror particles, the lepton mixing matrix (neutrino mixing) may become drastically different from its quark analog—the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix; that is, it may acquire properties suggested by experimental data. This character of mixing is also indicative of an inverse mass spectrum of Standard Model neutrinos and their Dirac (not Majorana) nature.

  12. Charge symmetry breaking and parity violating electron scattering

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    Miller, Gerald A.

    2013-11-07

    I review the effects of charge symmetry breaking CSB on electromagnetic form factors and how that influences extraction of information regarding nucleon strangeness content and the weak mixing angle. It seems that CSB effects are very modest and should not impact the analysis of experiments.

  13. Isospin symmetry breaking in the chiral quark model

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    Song, Huiying; Zhang, Xinyu; Ma, Bo-Qiang

    2010-12-01

    We discuss the isospin symmetry breaking (ISB) of the valence- and sea-quark distributions between the proton and the neutron in the framework of the chiral quark model. We assume that isospin symmetry breaking is the result of mass differences between isospin multiplets and then analyze the effects of isospin symmetry breaking on the Gottfried sum rule and the NuTeV anomaly. We show that, although both flavor asymmetry in the nucleon sea and the ISB between the proton and the neutron can lead to the violation of the Gottfried sum rule, the main contribution is from the flavor asymmetry in the framework of the chiral quark model. We also find that the correction to the NuTeV anomaly is in an opposite direction, so the NuTeV anomaly cannot be removed by isospin symmetry breaking in the chiral quark model. It is remarkable that our results of ISB for both valence- and sea-quark distributions are consistent with the Martin-Roberts-Stirling-Thorne parametrization of quark distributions.

  14. Symmetry Breaking and Optical Negative Index of Closed Nanorings

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    Kante, Boubacar; Park, Yong-Shik; O'Brien, Kevin; Shuldman, Daniel; Lanzillotti-Kimura, Norberto; Wong, Zi; Yin, Xiaobo; Zhang, Xiang; UC Berkeley Team

    2013-03-01

    We report the first experimental demonstration of broadband negative-index metamaterial made solely of closed metallic nanorings. Using symmetry breaking that negatively couples the discrete nanorings, we measured negative phase delay in our composite chess metamaterial. Our approach open avenues towards topological nanophotonics with on demand linear and non-linear responses.

  15. Spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism for quaternion fields

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    Nash, C.; Joshi, G.C.

    1987-02-01

    In the context of quaternion valued fields spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism are investigated. In particular, for the potential -(..mu../sup 2//2)phi-barphi-(lambda/4)(phi-barphi)/sup 2/, Goldstone's theorem is studied and, for the gauge theory of automorphisms of the quaternions, a Higgs mechanism investigated.

  16. Radiative breaking of conformal symmetry in the Standard Model

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    Arbuzov, A. B.; Nazmitdinov, R. G.; Pavlov, A. E.; Pervushin, V. N.; Zakharov, A. F.

    2016-02-01

    Radiative mechanism of conformal symmetry breaking in a comformal-invariant version of the Standard Model is considered. The Coleman-Weinberg mechanism of dimensional transmutation in this system gives rise to finite vacuum expectation values and, consequently, masses of scalar and spinor fields. A natural bootstrap between the energy scales of the top quark and Higgs boson is suggested.

  17. Static potential from spontaneous breaking of scale symmetry

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    Gaete, Patricio; Guendelman, Eduardo; Spallucci, Euro

    2007-05-01

    We determine the static potential for a heavy quark-antiquark pair from the spontaneous symmetry breaking of scale invariance in a non-Abelian gauge theory. Our calculation is done within the framework of the gauge-invariant, path-dependent, variables formalism. The result satisfies the 't Hooft basic criterion for achieving confinement.

  18. a New Approach to Scale Symmetry Breaking and Confinement

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    Gaete, P.; Guendelman, E.

    2004-10-01

    Scale invariant theories which contain (in 4 - D) a four index field strength are considered. The integration of the equations of motion of these 4 - index field strength gives rise to scale symmetry breaking. The phenomena of mass generation and confinement are possible consequences of this.

  19. On scale symmetry breaking and confinement in D = 3 models

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    Gaete, Patricio; Helaÿel-Neto, José A.

    2008-10-01

    Within the framework of the gauge-invariant, but path-dependent, variables formalism, we study the connection between scale symmetry breaking and confinement in three-dimensional gluodynamics. We explicitly show that the static potential profile contains a linear potential, leading to the confinement of static charges. Also, we establish a new type of equivalence among different three-dimensional effective theories.

  20. Chromomagnetism, flavour symmetry breaking and S-wave tetraquarks

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    Buccella, F.; Høgaasen, H.; Richard, J.-M.; Sorba, P.

    2007-02-01

    The chromomagnetic interaction, with full account for flavour-symmetry breaking, is applied to S-wave configurations containing two quarks and two antiquarks. Phenomenological implications are discussed for light, charmed, charmed and strange, hidden-charm and double-charm mesons, and extended to their analogues with beauty.

  1. Mirror Symmetry and Other Miracles in Superstring Theory

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    Rickles, Dean

    2013-01-01

    The dominance of string theory in the research landscape of quantum gravity physics (despite any direct experimental evidence) can, I think, be justified in a variety of ways. Here I focus on an argument from mathematical fertility, broadly similar to Hilary Putnam's `no miracles argument' that, I argue, many string theorists in fact espouse in some form or other. String theory has generated many surprising, useful, and well-confirmed mathematical `predictions'—here I focus on mirror symmetry and the mirror theorem. These predictions were made on the basis of general physical principles entering into string theory. The success of the mathematical predictions are then seen as evidence for the framework that generated them. I shall attempt to defend this argument, but there are nonetheless some serious objections to be faced. These objections can only be evaded at a considerably high (philosophical) price.

  2. Bifurcations and symmetry breakings in the wake of a disk

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    Fabre, David; Auguste, Franck; Magnaudet, Jacques

    2007-11-01

    We investigate by means of numerical simulations the wake of a circular flat disk. As for the related problem of a solid sphere, the flow experiences two successive bifurcations as the Reynolds number is increased. The first of these occurs for Re 115.5 and breaks the axial symmetry, leading to a steady state with only a reflexional symmetry, characterised by the presence of a pair of counterrotating vortices and by the appearance of a constant lift force on the body. The second bifurcation occurs for Re 121.5 and breaks the time invariance, leading to a periodic state. However, in contrast with the case of a sphere, this second bifurcation breaks the reflexional symmetry. The resulting state is fully three-dimensional, and the lift force exerted on the body oscillates in both amplitude and direction around a nonzero mean value. Then, a third bifurcation is observed for Re 139.5, where the wake recovers a reflexional symmetry. In the resulting state the lift force oscillates around zero along a fixed direction. A model based on the normal form describing the interaction of a steady-state bifurcation and a Hopf bifurcation in presence of O(2) symmetry is presented. This model allows us to reproduce the three successive bifurcations observed numerically, and to explain the differences with the case of a solid sphere. The application of this model to other cases of fixed or moving axisymmetric bodies will also be discussed.

  3. Symmetry breaking patterns for little Higgs models from strong dynamics

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    Batra, Puneet; Chacko, Z.

    2008-03-01

    We show how the symmetry breaking pattern of the simplest little Higgs model, and that of the smallest moose model that incorporates an approximate custodial SU(2), can be realized through the condensation of strongly coupled fermions. In each case a custodial SU(2) symmetry of the new strong dynamics limits the sizes of corrections to precision electroweak observables. In the case of the simplest little Higgs, there are no new light states beyond those present in the original model. However, our realization of the symmetry breaking pattern of the moose model predicts an additional scalar field with mass of order a TeV or higher that has exactly the same quantum numbers as the standard model Higgs and which decays primarily to third generation quarks.

  4. Time Reversal Symmetry Breaking Microwave Resonators

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    Owens, John C.; Lachapelle, Aman; Yoon, Taekwan; Ma, Ruichao; Schuster, David; Simon, Jonathan

    In this talk we present our work towards realizing high Q, superconducting circulators to be employed in topological circuit QED lattices. These circulators generate gauge fields that produce protected edge states. We couple magnon excitations in spheres of the ferrite Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG) to microwave cavity fields in order to break the degeneracy between modes that precess with different handedness. The YIG sphere only couples strongly (1GHz) to cavity modes that precess with the same handedness. We tune the YIG sphere into resonance with degenerate cavity modes to shift only the frequency of the modes with the same handedness, leaving the uncoupled mode at its original frequency. Since this mode is dark to the YIG excitation, its quality factor is dependent only on the characteristics of the cavity. We make the cavities out of the Type II superconductor Niobium Titanium so that we achieve high quality factors while also tolerating the large magnetic fields acting on the YIG spheres within the cavities. These cavities can be evanescently coupled to create topologically nontrivial lattices. Photon-photon interactions can then be added via couplings to qubits to create fractional quantum hall states for microwave photons.

  5. Lorentz symmetry breaking as a quantum field theory regulator

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    Visser, Matt

    2009-07-15

    Perturbative expansions of quantum field theories typically lead to ultraviolet (short-distance) divergences requiring regularization and renormalization. Many different regularization techniques have been developed over the years, but most regularizations require severe mutilation of the logical foundations of the theory. In contrast, breaking Lorentz invariance, while it is certainly a radical step, at least does not damage the logical foundations of the theory. I shall explore the features of a Lorentz symmetry breaking regulator in a simple polynomial scalar field theory and discuss its implications. In particular, I shall quantify just 'how much' Lorentz symmetry breaking is required to fully regulate the quantum theory and render it finite. This scalar field theory provides a simple way of understanding many of the key features of Horava's recent article [Phys. Rev. D 79, 084008 (2009)] on 3+1 dimensional quantum gravity.

  6. Lorentz symmetry breaking as a quantum field theory regulator

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    Visser, Matt

    2009-07-01

    Perturbative expansions of quantum field theories typically lead to ultraviolet (short-distance) divergences requiring regularization and renormalization. Many different regularization techniques have been developed over the years, but most regularizations require severe mutilation of the logical foundations of the theory. In contrast, breaking Lorentz invariance, while it is certainly a radical step, at least does not damage the logical foundations of the theory. I shall explore the features of a Lorentz symmetry breaking regulator in a simple polynomial scalar field theory and discuss its implications. In particular, I shall quantify just “how much” Lorentz symmetry breaking is required to fully regulate the quantum theory and render it finite. This scalar field theory provides a simple way of understanding many of the key features of Hořava’s recent article [Phys. Rev. DPRVDAQ1550-7998 79, 084008 (2009)10.1103/PhysRevD.79.084008] on 3+1 dimensional quantum gravity.

  7. Three-flat test solutions based on simple mirror symmetry

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    Griesmann, Ulf

    2006-08-10

    In interferometric surface and wavefront metrology, three-flat tests are the archetypes of measurement procedures to separate errors in the interferometer reference wavefront from errors due to the test part surface, so-called absolute tests. What is believed to be a new class of solutions of the three-flat problem for circular flats is described in terms of functions that are symmetric or antisymmetric with respect to reflections at a single line passing through the center of the flat surfaces. The new solutions are simpler and easier to calculate than the known solutions based on twofold mirror symmetry or rotation symmetry.Strategies for effective azimuthal averaging and a method for determining the averaging error are also discussed.

  8. B-L mediated SUSY breaking with radiative B-L symmetry breaking

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    Kikuchi, Tatsuru; Kubo, Takayuki

    2008-11-23

    We explore a mechanism of radiative B-L symmetry breaking in analogous to the radiative electroweak symmetry breaking. The breaking scale of B-L symmetry is related to the neutrino masses through the see-saw mechanism. Once we incorporate the U(1){sub B-L} gauge symmetry in SUSY models, the U(1){sub B-L} gaugino, Z-tilde{sub B-L} appears, and it can mediate the SUSY breaking (Z-prime mediated SUSY breaking) at around the scale of 10{sup 6} GeV. Then we find a links between the neutrino mass (more precisly the see-saw or B-L scale of order 10{sup 6} GeV) and the Z-prime mediated SUSY breaking scale. It is also very interesting that the gluino at the weak scale becomes relatively light, and almost compressed mass spectra for the gaugino sector can be realized in this scenario, which is very interesting in scope of the LHC.

  9. Chirality and Symmetry Breaking in a Discrete Internal Space

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    Lampe, Bodo

    2012-10-01

    In previous papers the permutation group S 4 has been suggested as an ordering scheme for quarks and leptons, and the appearance of this finite symmetry group was taken as indication for the existence of a discrete inner symmetry space underlying elementary particle interactions. Here it is pointed out that a more suitable choice than the tetrahedral group S 4 is the pyritohedral group A 4× Z 2 because its vibrational spectrum exhibits exactly the mass multiplet structure of the 3 fermion generations. Furthermore it is noted that the same structure can also be obtained from a primordial symmetry breaking S 4→ A 4. Since A 4 is a chiral group, while S 4 is achiral, an argument can be given why the chirality of the inner pyritohedral symmetry leads to parity violation of the weak interactions.

  10. Intermediate Symmetries in the Spontaneous Breaking of Supersymmetric SO(10)

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    Buccella, F.; Savoy, C. A.

    We study the supersymmetric spontaneous symmetry breaking of SO(10) into SU(3) ⊗ SU(2) ⊗ U(1) for the most physically interesting cases of SU(5) or flipped SU(5) ⊗ U(1) intermediate symmetries. The first case is more easily realized while the second one requires a fine-tuning condition on the parameters of the superpotential. This is because in the case of SU(5) symmetry there is at most one singlet of the residual symmetry in each SO(10) irreducible representation. We also point out on more general grounds in supersymmetric GUTs that some intermediate symmetries can be exactly realized and others can only be approximated by fine-tuning. In the first category, there could occur some tunneling between the vacua with exact and approximate intermediate symmetry. The flipped SU(5) ⊗ U(1) symmetry improves the unification of gauge couplings if (B-L) is broken by ∥(B-L)∥ =1 scalars yielding right-handed neutrino masses below 1014 GeV.

  11. Size-dependent symmetry breaking in models for morphogenesis

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    Barrio, R. A.; Maini, P. K.; Aragón, J. L.; Torres, M.

    2002-08-01

    A general property of dynamical systems is the appearance of spatial and temporal patterns due to a change of stability of a homogeneous steady state. Such spontaneous symmetry breaking is observed very frequently in all kinds of real systems, including the development of shape in living organisms. Many nonlinear dynamical systems present a wide variety of patterns with different shapes and symmetries. This fact restricts the applicability of these models to morphogenesis, since one often finds a surprisingly small variation in the shapes of living organisms. For instance, all individuals in the Phylum Echinodermata share a persistent radial fivefold symmetry. In this paper, we investigate in detail the symmetry-breaking properties of a Turing reaction-diffusion system confined in a small disk in two dimensions. It is shown that the symmetry of the resulting pattern depends only on the size of the disk, regardless of the boundary conditions and of the differences in the parameters that differentiate the interior of the domain from the outer space. This study suggests that additional regulatory mechanisms to control the size of the system are of crucial importance in morphogenesis.

  12. 3D toroidal physics: Testing the boundaries of symmetry breaking

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    Spong, Donald A.

    2015-05-15

    Toroidal symmetry is an important concept for plasma confinement; it allows the existence of nested flux surface MHD equilibria and conserved invariants for particle motion. However, perfect symmetry is unachievable in realistic toroidal plasma devices. For example, tokamaks have toroidal ripple due to discrete field coils, optimized stellarators do not achieve exact quasi-symmetry, the plasma itself continually seeks lower energy states through helical 3D deformations, and reactors will likely have non-uniform distributions of ferritic steel near the plasma. Also, some level of designed-in 3D magnetic field structure is now anticipated for most concepts in order to provide the plasma control needed for a stable, steady-state fusion reactor. Such planned 3D field structures can take many forms, ranging from tokamaks with weak 3D edge localized mode suppression fields to stellarators with more dominant 3D field structures. This motivates the development of physics models that are applicable across the full range of 3D devices. Ultimately, the questions of how much symmetry breaking can be tolerated and how to optimize its design must be addressed for all fusion concepts. A closely coupled program of simulation, experimental validation, and design optimization is required to determine what forms and amplitudes of 3D shaping and symmetry breaking will be compatible with the requirements of future fusion reactors.

  13. Calabi-Yau Geometry and Higher Genus Mirror Symmetry

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    Li, Si

    2011-12-01

    We study closed string mirror symmetry on compact Calabi-Yau manifolds at higher genus. String theory predicts the existence of two sets of geometric invariants, from the A-model and the B-model on Calabi-Yau manifolds, each indexed by a non-negative integer called genus. The A-model has been mathematically established at all genera by the Gromov-Witten theory, but little is known in mathematics for B-model beyond genus zero. We develop a mathematical theory of higher genus B-model from perturbative quantization techniques of gauge theory. The relevant gauge theory is the Kodaira-Spencer gauge theory, which is originally discovered by Bershadsky-Cecotti-Ooguri-Vafa as the closed string field theory of B-twisted topological string on Calabi-Yau three-folds. We generalize this to Calabi-Yau manifolds of arbitrary dimensions including also gravitational descendants, which we call BCOV theory. We give the geometric description of the perturbative quantization of BCOV theory in terms of deformation-obstruction theory. The vanishing of the relevant obstruction classes will enable us to construct the higher genus B-model. We carry out this construction on the elliptic curve and establish the corresponding higher genus B-model. Furthermore, we show that the B-model invariants constructed from BCOV theory on the elliptic curve can be identified with descendant Gromov-Witten invariants on the mirror elliptic curve. This gives the first compact Calabi-Yau example where mirror symmetry can be established at all genera.

  14. Chiral symmetry breaking and {theta} vacuum structure in QCD

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    Morchio, G. Strocchi, F.

    2009-10-15

    The solution of the axial U(1) problem, the role of the topology of the gauge group in forcing the breaking of axial symmetry in any irreducible representation of the observable algebra and the {theta} vacua structure are revisited in the temporal gauge with attention to the mathematical consistency of the derivations. Both realizations with strong and weak Gauss law are discussed; the control of the general mechanisms and structures is obtained on the basis of the localization of the (large) gauge transformations and the local generation of the chiral symmetry. The Schwinger model in the temporal gauge exactly reproduces the general results.

  15. Nucleation and chiral symmetry breaking under controlled hydrodynamic flows

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    Wu, Xiao-Lun; Martin, Brian; Tharrington, Arnold

    1994-01-01

    The effects of hydrodynamic convection on nucleation and broken chiral symmetry have been investigated for a simple inorganic molecule, sodium chlorate (NaClO3). Our experiment suggests that the symmetry breaking is a result of hydrodynamic amplification of rare nucleation events. The effect is more pronounced when the primary nucleation occurs on the solute-vapor interface, where mixing in the surface sublayer becomes important. The transition from the achiral to the chiral states appears to be smooth as the hydrodynamic parameters, such as flow rate, are varied.

  16. Mode conversion by symmetry breaking of propagating spin waves.

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    Clausen, P.; Vogt, K.; Schultheiss, H.; Schafer, S.; Obry, B.; Wolf, G.; Pirro, P.; Leven, B.; Hillebrands, B.

    2011-10-01

    We study spin-wave transport in a microstructured Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19} waveguide exhibiting broken translational symmetry. We observe the conversion of a beam profile composed of symmetric spin-wave width modes with odd numbers of antinodes n = 1, 3,... into a mixed set of symmetric and asymmetric modes. Due to the spatial homogeneity of the exciting field along the used microstrip antenna, quantized spin-wave modes with an even number n of antinodes across the stripe's width cannot be directly excited. We show that a break in translational symmetry may result in a partial conversion of even spin-wave waveguide modes.

  17. The role of color and attention-to-color in mirror-symmetry perception.

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    Gheorghiu, Elena; Kingdom, Frederick A A; Remkes, Aaron; Li, Hyung-Chul O; Rainville, Stéphane

    2016-01-01

    The role of color in the visual perception of mirror-symmetry is controversial. Some reports support the existence of color-selective mirror-symmetry channels, others that mirror-symmetry perception is merely sensitive to color-correlations across the symmetry axis. Here we test between the two ideas. Stimuli consisted of colored Gaussian-blobs arranged either mirror-symmetrically or quasi-randomly. We used four arrangements: (1) 'segregated' - symmetric blobs were of one color, random blobs of the other color(s); (2) 'random-segregated' - as above but with the symmetric color randomly selected on each trial; (3) 'non-segregated' - symmetric blobs were of all colors in equal proportions, as were the random blobs; (4) 'anti-symmetric' - symmetric blobs were of opposite-color across the symmetry axis. We found: (a) near-chance levels for the anti-symmetric condition, suggesting that symmetry perception is sensitive to color-correlations across the symmetry axis; (b) similar performance for random-segregated and non-segregated conditions, giving no support to the idea that mirror-symmetry is color selective; (c) highest performance for the color-segregated condition, but only when the observer knew beforehand the symmetry color, suggesting that symmetry detection benefits from color-based attention. We conclude that mirror-symmetry detection mechanisms, while sensitive to color-correlations across the symmetry axis and subject to the benefits of attention-to-color, are not color selective. PMID:27404804

  18. Stochastic recruitment leads to symmetry breaking in foraging populations

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    Biancalani, Tommaso; Dyson, Louise; McKane, Alan

    2014-03-01

    When an ant colony is faced with two identical equidistant food sources, the foraging ants are found to concentrate more on one source than the other. Analogous symmetry-breaking behaviours have been reported in various population systems, (such as queueing or stock market trading) suggesting the existence of a simple universal mechanism. Past studies have neglected the effect of demographic noise and required rather complicated models to qualitatively reproduce this behaviour. I will show how including the effects of demographic noise leads to a radically different conclusion. The symmetry-breaking arises solely due to the process of recruitment and ceases to occur for large population sizes. The latter fact provides a testable prediction for a real system.

  19. Experimental evidence of replica symmetry breaking in random lasers

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    Ghofraniha, N.; Viola, I.; di Maria, F.; Barbarella, G.; Gigli, G.; Leuzzi, L.; Conti, C.

    2015-01-01

    Spin-glass theory is one of the leading paradigms of complex physics and describes condensed matter, neural networks and biological systems, ultracold atoms, random photonics and many other research fields. According to this theory, identical systems under identical conditions may reach different states. This effect is known as replica symmetry breaking and is revealed by the shape of the probability distribution function of an order parameter named the Parisi overlap. However, a direct experimental evidence in any field of research is still missing. Here we investigate pulse-to-pulse fluctuations in random lasers, we introduce and measure the analogue of the Parisi overlap in independent experimental realizations of the same disordered sample, and we find that the distribution function yields evidence of a transition to a glassy light phase compatible with a replica symmetry breaking.

  20. Curling Liquid Crystal Microswimmers: A Cascade of Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking

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    Krüger, Carsten; Klös, Gunnar; Bahr, Christian; Maass, Corinna C.

    2016-07-01

    We report curling self-propulsion in aqueous emulsions of common mesogenic compounds. Nematic liquid crystal droplets self-propel in a surfactant solution with concentrations above the critical micelle concentration while undergoing micellar solubilization [Herminghaus et al., Soft Matter 10, 7008 (2014)]. We analyzed trajectories both in a Hele-Shaw geometry and in a 3D setup at variable buoyancy. The coupling between the nematic director field and the convective flow inside the droplet leads to a second symmetry breaking which gives rise to curling motion in 2D. This is demonstrated through a reversible transition to nonhelical persistent swimming by heating to the isotropic phase. Furthermore, autochemotaxis can spontaneously break the inversion symmetry, leading to helical trajectories in 3D.

  1. Breaking discrete symmetries in the effective field theory of inflation

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    Cannone, Dario; Gong, Jinn-Ouk; Tasinato, Gianmassimo

    2015-08-03

    We study the phenomenon of discrete symmetry breaking during the inflationary epoch, using a model-independent approach based on the effective field theory of inflation. We work in a context where both time reparameterization symmetry and spatial diffeomorphism invariance can be broken during inflation. We determine the leading derivative operators in the quadratic action for fluctuations that break parity and time-reversal. Within suitable approximations, we study their consequences for the dynamics of linearized fluctuations. Both in the scalar and tensor sectors, we show that such operators can lead to new direction-dependent phases for the modes involved. They do not affect the power spectra, but can have consequences for higher correlation functions. Moreover, a small quadrupole contribution to the sound speed can be generated.

  2. Symmetry-Breaking Metamaterials Enabling Broadband Negative Permeability

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    Trang, Pham Thi; Nguyen, Bui Huu; Tiep, Dinh Hong; Thuy, Le Minh; Lam, Vu Dinh; Tung, Nguyen Thanh

    2016-05-01

    Looking for a metamaterial, which can operate over a broad frequency band, has been indispensable towards promising applications. In this report, we propose a simple approach, allowing enlargement of the negative permeability band by breaking the structural symmetry in conventional cut-wire-pair metamaterials. Equivalent LC circuit and finite integration simulations are performed to explain underlying physics of the band expansion. Microwave samples are also prepared and measured to verify the proposed idea.

  3. Symmetry-breaking dynamics of the modulational instability spectrum.

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    Droques, M; Barviau, B; Kudlinski, A; Taki, M; Boucon, A; Sylvestre, T; Mussot, A

    2011-04-15

    We demonstrate in an optical fiber that third-order dispersion yields an unexpected symmetry-breaking dynamics of the modulational instability spectrum. It is found in particular that this spectral asymmetry does not smoothly and monotonically increase when approaching the zero-dispersion wavelength. Instead, it exhibits several local extrema and it can even be reversed at a particular dispersion value. We interpret this behavior as resulting from interactions between dispersive waves and solitons generated from modulation instability. PMID:21499356

  4. The axial anomaly and the dynamical breaking of chiral symmetry

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    Gross, Franz; Ito, Hiroshi; Buck, Warren

    1991-10-01

    Using the quark triangle diagram for the Adler-Bell-Jackiw axial anomaly, we calculate the form factor for the {gamma}{sup *}{pi}{sup 0}{yields}{gamma} transition. This form factor depends on the quark mass, and we predict the right behavior with m{sub q}{approx_equal}250 MeV, the same quark mass generated by the dynamical breaking of chiral symmetry through a Nambu-Jona-Lasinio mechanism.

  5. Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas.

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    Khain, Evgeniy; Meerson, Baruch

    2002-08-01

    Symmetry-breaking instability of a laterally uniform granular cluster (strip state) in a prototypical driven granular gas is investigated. The system consists of smooth hard disks in a two-dimensional box, colliding inelastically with each other and driven, at zero gravity, by a "thermal" wall. The limit of nearly elastic particle collisions is considered, and granular hydrodynamics with the Jenkins-Richman constitutive relations is employed. The hydrodynamic problem is completely described by two scaled parameters and the aspect ratio of the box. Marginal stability analysis predicts a spontaneous symmetry-breaking instability of the strip state, similar to that predicted recently for a different set of constitutive relations. If the system is big enough, the marginal stability curve becomes independent of the details of the boundary condition at the driving wall. In this regime, the density perturbation is exponentially localized at the elastic wall opposite the thermal wall. The short- and long-wavelength asymptotics of the marginal stability curves are obtained analytically in the dilute limit. The physics of the symmetry-breaking instability is discussed. PMID:12241169

  6. Symmetry breaking in actin gels - Implications for cellular motility

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    John, Karin; Peyla, Philippe; Misbah, Chaouqi

    2007-03-01

    The physical origin of cell motility is not fully understood. Recently minimal model systems have shown, that polymerizing actin itself can produce a motile force, without the help of motor proteins. Pathogens like Shigella or Listeria use actin to propel themselves forward in their host cell. The same process can be mimicked with polystyrene beads covered with the activating protein ActA, which reside in a solution containing actin monomers. ActA induces the growth of an actin gel at the bead surface. Initially the gel grows symmetrically around the bead until a critical size is reached. Subsequently one observes a symmetry breaking and the gel starts to grow asymmetrically around the bead developing a tail of actin at one side. This symmetry breaking is accompanied by a directed movement of the bead, with the actin tail trailing behind the bead. Force generation relies on the combination of two properties: growth and elasticity of the actin gel. We study this phenomenon theoretically within the framework of a linear elasticity theory and linear flux-force relationships for the evolution of an elastic gel around a hard sphere. Conditions for a parity symmetry breaking are identified analytically and illustrated numerically with the help of a phasefield model.

  7. Realization of chiral symmetry breaking and restoration in holographic QCD

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    Chelabi, Kaddour; Fang, Zhen; Huang, Mei; Li, Danning; Wu, Yue-Liang

    2016-05-01

    With proper profiles of the scalar potential and the dilaton field, for the first time, the spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in the vacuum and its restoration at finite temperature are correctly realized in the holographic QCD framework. In the chiral limit, a nonzero chiral condensate develops in the vacuum and decreases with temperature, and the phase transition is of the second order for a two-flavor case and of the first order for a three-flavor case. In the case of explicit chiral symmetry breaking, in the two-flavor case, the second-order phase transition turns into a crossover with any nonzero current quark mass, and in the three-flavor case, the first-order phase transition turns into a crossover at a finite current quark mass. The correct description of chiral symmetry breaking and restoration makes the holographic QCD models more powerful in dealing with nonperturbative QCD phenomena. This framework can be regarded as a general setup in an application of AdS/CFT to describe conventional Ginzburg-Landau-Wilson-type phase transitions, e.g. in condensed matter and cosmology systems.

  8. Symmetry breaking and silver in gold nanorod growth.

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    Walsh, Michael J; Barrow, Steven J; Tong, Wenming; Funston, Alison M; Etheridge, Joanne

    2015-01-27

    Formation of anisotropic nanocrystals from isotropic single-crystal precursors requires an essential symmetry breaking event. Single-crystal gold nanorods have become the model system for investigating the synthesis of anisotropic nanoparticles, and their growth mechanism continues to be the subject of intense investigation. Despite this, very little is known about the symmetry breaking event that precedes shape anisotropy. In particular, there remains limited understanding of how an isotropic seed particle becomes asymmetric and of the growth parameters that trigger and drive this process. Here, we present direct atomic-scale observations of the nanocrystal structure at the embryonic stages of gold nanorod growth. The onset of asymmetry of the nascent crystals is observed to occur only for single-crystal particles that have reached diameters of 4-6 nm and only in the presence of silver ions. In this size range, small, asymmetric truncating surfaces with an open atomic structure become apparent. Furthermore, {111} twin planes are observed in some immature nanorods within 1-3 monolayers of the surface. These results provide direct observation of the structural changes that break the symmetry of isotropic nascent nanocrystals and ultimately enable the growth of asymmetric nanocrystals. PMID:25572634

  9. Effects of rotational symmetry breaking in polymer-coated nanopores

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    Osmanović, D.; Hoogenboom, B. W.; Ford, I. J.; Kerr-Winter, M.; Eccleston, R. C.

    2015-01-21

    The statistical theory of polymers tethered around the inner surface of a cylindrical channel has traditionally employed the assumption that the equilibrium density of the polymers is independent of the azimuthal coordinate. However, simulations have shown that this rotational symmetry can be broken when there are attractive interactions between the polymers. We investigate the phases that emerge in these circumstances, and we quantify the effect of the symmetry assumption on the phase behavior of the system. In the absence of this assumption, one can observe large differences in the equilibrium densities between the rotationally symmetric case and the non-rotationally symmetric case. A simple analytical model is developed that illustrates the driving thermodynamic forces responsible for this symmetry breaking. Our results have implications for the current understanding of the behavior of polymers in cylindrical nanopores.

  10. Parity-Time Symmetry Breaking in Coupled Nanobeam Cavities.

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    Zhang, Senlin; Yong, Zhengdong; Zhang, Yuguang; He, Sailing

    2016-01-01

    The concept of parity-time symmetry (PT symmetry) originates from the canonical quantum mechanics and has become a hot topic recently. As a versatile platform to investigate the intriguing concept, both theoretical and experimental works in optics have been implemented. In this paper, the PT symmetry breaking phenomenon is investigated in a coupled nanobeam cavity system. An exceptional point is observed during the tuning of the gain/loss level and the coupling strength of the closely placed nanobeam pair. Unidirectional light propagation is investigated, as well as enhanced sensitivity of single particle detection in the vicinity of the exceptional point. The proposed system is easy to be integrated with photonic integrated circuits and can be strongly coupled to optical waveguides. PMID:27075817

  11. Parity-Time Symmetry Breaking in Coupled Nanobeam Cavities

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    Zhang, Senlin; Yong, Zhengdong; Zhang, Yuguang; He, Sailing

    2016-04-01

    The concept of parity-time symmetry (PT symmetry) originates from the canonical quantum mechanics and has become a hot topic recently. As a versatile platform to investigate the intriguing concept, both theoretical and experimental works in optics have been implemented. In this paper, the PT symmetry breaking phenomenon is investigated in a coupled nanobeam cavity system. An exceptional point is observed during the tuning of the gain/loss level and the coupling strength of the closely placed nanobeam pair. Unidirectional light propagation is investigated, as well as enhanced sensitivity of single particle detection in the vicinity of the exceptional point. The proposed system is easy to be integrated with photonic integrated circuits and can be strongly coupled to optical waveguides.

  12. Parity-Time Symmetry Breaking in Coupled Nanobeam Cavities

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    Zhang, Senlin; Yong, Zhengdong; Zhang, Yuguang; He, Sailing

    2016-01-01

    The concept of parity-time symmetry (PT symmetry) originates from the canonical quantum mechanics and has become a hot topic recently. As a versatile platform to investigate the intriguing concept, both theoretical and experimental works in optics have been implemented. In this paper, the PT symmetry breaking phenomenon is investigated in a coupled nanobeam cavity system. An exceptional point is observed during the tuning of the gain/loss level and the coupling strength of the closely placed nanobeam pair. Unidirectional light propagation is investigated, as well as enhanced sensitivity of single particle detection in the vicinity of the exceptional point. The proposed system is easy to be integrated with photonic integrated circuits and can be strongly coupled to optical waveguides. PMID:27075817

  13. Self-isospectrality, mirror symmetry, and exotic nonlinear supersymmetry

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    Plyushchay, Mikhail S.; Nieto, Luis-Miguel

    2010-09-15

    We study supersymmetry of a self-isospectral one-gap Poeschl-Teller system in the light of a mirror symmetry that is based on spatial and shift reflections. The revealed exotic, partially broken, nonlinear supersymmetry admits seven alternatives for a grading operator. One of its local, first order supercharges may be identified as a Hamiltonian of an associated one-gap, nonperiodic Bogoliubov-de Gennes system. The latter possesses a nonlinear supersymmetric structure, in which any of the three nonlocal generators of a Clifford algebra may be chosen as the grading operator. We find that the supersymmetry generators for both systems are the Darboux-dressed integrals of a free spin-1/2 particle in the Schroedinger picture, or of a free massive Dirac particle. Nonlocal Foldy-Wouthuysen transformations are shown to be involved in the supersymmetric structure.

  14. In Silico Reconstitution of Actin-Based Symmetry Breaking and Motility

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    Dayel, Mark J.; Akin, Orkun; Landeryou, Mark; Risca, Viviana; Mogilner, Alex; Mullins, R. Dyche

    2009-01-01

    Eukaryotic cells assemble viscoelastic networks of crosslinked actin filaments to control their shape, mechanical properties, and motility. One important class of actin network is nucleated by the Arp2/3 complex and drives both membrane protrusion at the leading edge of motile cells and intracellular motility of pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes. These networks can be reconstituted in vitro from purified components to drive the motility of spherical micron-sized beads. An Elastic Gel model has been successful in explaining how these networks break symmetry, but how they produce directed motile force has been less clear. We have combined numerical simulations with in vitro experiments to reconstitute the behavior of these motile actin networks in silico using an Accumulative Particle-Spring (APS) model that builds on the Elastic Gel model, and demonstrates simple intuitive mechanisms for both symmetry breaking and sustained motility. The APS model explains observed transitions between smooth and pulsatile motion as well as subtle variations in network architecture caused by differences in geometry and conditions. Our findings also explain sideways symmetry breaking and motility of elongated beads, and show that elastic recoil, though important for symmetry breaking and pulsatile motion, is not necessary for smooth directional motility. The APS model demonstrates how a small number of viscoelastic network parameters and construction rules suffice to recapture the complex behavior of motile actin networks. The fact that the model not only mirrors our in vitro observations, but also makes novel predictions that we confirm by experiment, suggests that the model captures much of the essence of actin-based motility in this system. PMID:19771152

  15. Isospin-symmetry-breaking effects in A∼70 nuclei within beyond-mean-field approach

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    Petrovici, A.; Andrei, O.

    2015-02-24

    Particular isospin-symmetry-breaking probes including Coulomb energy differences (CED), mirror energy differences (MED), and triplet energy differences (TED) manifest anomalies in the A∼70 isovector triplets of nuclei. The structure of proton-rich nuclei in the A∼70 mass region suggests shape coexistence and competition between pairing correlations in different channels. Recent results concerning the interplay between isospin-mixing and shape-coexistence effects on exotic phenomena in A∼70 nuclei obtained within the beyond-mean-field complex Excited Vampir variational model with symmetry projection before variation using a realistic effective interaction in a relatively large model space are presented. Excited Vampir predictions concerning the Gamow-Teller β decay to the odd-odd N=Z {sup 66}As and {sup 70}Br nuclei correlated with the pair structure analysis in the T=1 and T=0 channel of the involved wave functions are discussed.

  16. Ab initio Calculations of Charge Symmetry Breaking in the A =4 Hypernuclei

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    Gazda, Daniel; Gal, Avraham

    2016-03-01

    We report on ab initio no-core shell model calculations of the mirror Λ hypernuclei H4Λ and He4Λ , using the Bonn-Jülich leading-order chiral effective field theory hyperon-nucleon potentials plus a charge symmetry breaking Λ -Σ0 mixing vertex. In addition to reproducing rather well the 0g.s . + and 1exc+ binding energies, these four-body calculations demonstrate for the first time that the observed charge symmetry breaking splitting of mirror levels, reaching hundreds of keV for 0g.s . +, can be reproduced using realistic theoretical interaction models, although with a non-negligible momentum cutoff dependence. Our results are discussed in relation to recent measurements of the H4Λ(0g.s . +) binding energy at the Mainz Microtron [A. Esser et al. (A1 Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 232501 (2015)] and the He4Λ(1exc+) excitation energy [T.O. Yamamoto et al. (J-PARC E13 Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 222501 (2015)].

  17. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE SNOWMASS 2001 WORKING GROUP : ELECTROWEAK SYMMETRY BREAKING.

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    CARENA,M.; GERDES,D.W.; HABER,H.E.; TURCOT,A.S.; ZERWAS,P.M.

    2001-06-30

    In this summary report of the 2001 Snowmass Electroweak Symmetry Breaking Working Group, the main candidates for theories of electroweak symmetry breaking are surveyed, and the criteria for distinguishing among the different approaches are discussed. The potential for observing electroweak symmetry breaking phenomena at the upgraded Tevatron and the LHC is described. We emphasize the importance of a high-luminosity e{sup +}e{sup -} linear collider for precision measurements to clarify the underlying electroweak symmetry breaking dynamics. Finally, we note the possible roles of the {mu}{sup +} {mu}{sup -} collider and VLHC for further elucidating the physics of electroweak symmetry breaking.

  18. Varieties of Abelian mirror symmetry on {R}{{P}}^2× {{S}}^1

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    Mori, Hironori; Tanaka, Akinori

    2016-02-01

    We study 3d mirror symmetry with loop operators, Wilson loop and Vortex loop, and multi-flavor mirror symmetry through utilizing the {R}{{P}}^2× {{S}}^1 index formula. The key identity which makes the above description work well is the mod 2 version of the Fourier analysis, and we study such structure, the S-operation in the context of a SL(2,{Z}) action on 3d SCFTs. We observed that two types of the parity conditions basically associated with gauge symmetries which we call {P} -type and {C}{P} -type are interchanged under mirror symmetry. We will also comment on the T-operation.

  19. Electroweak Symmetry Breaking via UV Insensitive Anomaly Mediation

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    Kitano, Ryuichiro; Kribs, Graham D.; Murayama, Hitoshi

    2004-02-19

    Anomaly mediation solves the supersymmetric flavor and CP problems. This is because the superconformal anomaly dictates that supersymmetry breaking is transmitted through nearly flavor-blind infrared physics that is highly predictive and UV insensitive. Slepton mass squareds, however, are predicted to be negative. This can be solved by adding D-terms for U(1)_Y and U(1)_{B-L} while retaining the UV insensitivity. In this paper we consider electroweak symmetry breaking via UV insensitive anomaly mediation in several models. For the MSSM we find a stable vacuum when tanbeta< 1, but in this region the top Yukawa coupling blows up only slightly above the supersymmetry breaking scale. For the NMSSM, we find a stable electroweak breaking vacuum but with a chargino that is too light. Replacing the cubic singlet term in the NMSSM superpotential with a term linear in the singlet wefind a stable vacuum and viable spectrum. Most of the parameter region with correct vacua requires a large superpotential coupling, precisely what is expected in the"Fat Higgs'" model in which the superpotential is generated dynamically. We have therefore found the first viable UV complete, UV insensitive supersymmetry breaking model that solves the flavor and CP problems automatically: the Fat Higgs model with UV insensitive anomaly mediation. Moreover, the cosmological gravitino problem is naturally solved, opening up the possibility of realistic thermal leptogenesis.

  20. Electroweak symmetry breaking without the μ2 term

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    Goertz, Florian

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate that from a low-energy perspective a viable breaking of the electroweak symmetry, as present in nature, can be achieved without the (negative sign) μ2 mass term in the Higgs potential, thereby avoiding completely the appearance of relevant operators, featuring coefficients with a positive mass dimension, in the theory. We show that such a setup is self-consistent and not ruled out by Higgs physics. In particular, we point out that it is the lightness of the Higgs boson that allows for the electroweak symmetry to be broken dynamically via operators of D ≥4 , consistent with the power expansion. Beyond that, we entertain how this scenario might even be preferred phenomenologically compared to the ordinary mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking, as realized in the Standard Model, and argue that it can be fully tested at the LHC. In the Appendix, we classify UV completions that could lead to such a setup, considering also the option of generating all scales dynamically.

  1. Symmetry breaking and singularity structure in Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Commeford, K. A.; Garcia-March, M. A.; Ferrando, A.; Carr, Lincoln D.

    2012-08-01

    We determine the trajectories of vortex singularities that arise after a single vortex is broken by a discretely symmetric impulse in the context of Bose-Einstein condensates in a harmonic trap. The dynamics of these singularities are analyzed to determine the form of the imprinted motion. We find that the symmetry-breaking process introduces two effective forces: a repulsive harmonic force that causes the daughter trajectories to be ejected from the parent singularity and a Magnus force that introduces a torque about the axis of symmetry. For the analytical noninteracting case we find that the parent singularity is reconstructed from the daughter singularities after one period of the trapping frequency. The interactions between singularities in the weakly interacting system do not allow the parent vortex to be reconstructed. Analytic trajectories were compared to the actual minima of the wave function, showing less than 0.5% error for an impulse strength of v=0.00005. We show that these solutions are valid within the impulse regime for various impulse strengths using numerical integration of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. We also show that the actual duration of the symmetry-breaking potential does not significantly change the dynamics of the system as long as the strength is below v=0.0005.

  2. High temperature symmetry nonrestoration and inverse symmetry breaking in the Cornwall-Jackiw-Tomboulis formalism

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    Tran Huu Phat; Le Viet Hoa; Nguyen Tuan Anh; Nguyen Van Long

    2007-12-15

    The Cornwall-Jackiw-Tomboulis (CJT) effective action at finite temperature is applied to study the symmetry nonrestoration (SNR) and inverse symmetry breaking (ISB) at high temperature in the Z{sub 2}xZ{sub 2} model. A renormalization prescription is developed for the CJT effective action in the double bubble approximation. It is shown that the triviality related feature of the model does not show up, and the temperature effects do not alter the conditions for SNR/ISB in a broad range of temperatures.

  3. Matter inflation with A{sub 4} flavour symmetry breaking

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    Antusch, Stefan; Nolde, David E-mail: david.nolde@unibas.ch

    2013-10-01

    We discuss model building in tribrid inflation, which is a framework for realising inflation in the matter sector of supersymmetric particle physics models. The inflaton is a D-flat combination of matter fields, and inflation ends by a phase transition in which some Higgs field obtains a vacuum expectation value. We first describe the general procedure for implementing tribrid inflation in realistic models of particle physics that can be applied to a wide variety of BSM particle physics models around the GUT scale. We then demonstrate how the procedure works for an explicit lepton flavour model based on an A{sub 4} family symmetry. The model is both predictive and phenomenologically viable, and illustrates how tribrid inflation connects cosmological and particle physics parameters. In particular, it predicts a relation between the neutrino Yukawa coupling and the running of the spectral index α{sub s}. We also show how topological defects from the flavour symmetry breaking can be avoided automatically.

  4. Lateralization as a symmetry breaking process in birdsong

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    Trevisan, M. A.; Cooper, B.; Goller, F.; Mindlin, G. B.

    2007-03-01

    The singing by songbirds is a most convincing example in the animal kingdom of functional lateralization of the brain, a feature usually associated with human language. Lateralization is expressed as one or both of the bird’s sound sources being active during the vocalization. Normal songs require high coordination between the vocal organ and respiratory activity, which is bilaterally symmetric. Moreover, the physical and neural substrate used to produce the song lack obvious asymmetries. In this work we show that complex spatiotemporal patterns of motor activity controlling airflow through the sound sources can be explained in terms of spontaneous symmetry breaking bifurcations. This analysis also provides a framework from which to study the effects of imperfections in the system’ s symmetries. A physical model of the avian vocal organ is used to generate synthetic sounds, which allows us to predict acoustical signatures of the song and compare the predictions of the model with experimental data.

  5. Crucial role of neutrinos in the electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Smetana, Adam

    2013-12-01

    Not only the top-quark condensate appears to be the natural significant source of dynamical electroweak symmetry breaking. Provided the seesaw scenario, the neutrinos can have their Dirac masses large enough so that their condensates contribute significantly to the electroweak scale as well. We address the question of a phenomenological feasibility of the top-quark and neutrino condensation conspiracy against the electroweak symmetry within the simplifying two-composite-Higgs-doublet model. Mandatory is to reproduce the masses of electroweak gauge bosons, the top-quark mass and the recently observed scalar mass of 125 GeV, and to satisfy the upper limits on absolute value of active neutrino masses. To accomplish that, the number of right-handed neutrinos participating on the seesaw mechanism turns out to be rather large, O(100-1000).

  6. Confinement and dynamical chiral symmetry breaking in QED3

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    Bashir, A.; Raya, A.; Cloeet, I. C.; Roberts, C. D.

    2008-11-15

    We establish that QED3 can possess a critical number of flavors, N{sub f}{sup c}, associated with dynamical chiral symmetry breaking if, and only if, the fermion wave function renormalization and photon vacuum polarization are homogeneous functions at infrared momenta when the fermion mass function vanishes. The Ward identity entails that the fermion-photon vertex possesses the same property and ensures a simple relationship between the homogeneity degrees of each of these functions. Simple models for the photon vacuum polarization and fermion-photon vertex are used to illustrate these observations. The existence and value of N{sub f}{sup c} are contingent upon the precise form of the vertex but any discussion of gauge dependence is moot. We introduce an order parameter for confinement. Chiral symmetry restoration and deconfinement are coincident owing to an abrupt change in the analytic properties of the fermion propagator when a nonzero scalar self-energy becomes insupportable.

  7. Confinement and dynamical chiral symmetry breaking in QED3.

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    Bashir, A.; Raya, A.; Cloet, I. C.; Roberts, C. D.; Univ. Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo

    2008-01-01

    We establish that QED3 can possess a critical number of flavors, Nfc, associated with dynamical chiral symmetry breaking if, and only if, the fermion wave function renormalization and photon vacuum polarization are homogeneous functions at infrared momenta when the fermion mass function vanishes. The Ward identity entails that the fermion-photon vertex possesses the same property and ensures a simple relationship between the homogeneity degrees of each of these functions. Simple models for the photon vacuum polarization and fermion-photon vertex are used to illustrate these observations. The existence and value of Nfc are contingent upon the precise form of the vertex but any discussion of gauge dependence is moot. We introduce an order parameter for confinement. Chiral symmetry restoration and deconfinement are coincident owing to an abrupt change in the analytic properties of the fermion propagator when a nonzero scalar self-energy becomes insupportable.

  8. Symmetry breaking and optical negative index of closed nanorings

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    Kanté, Boubacar; Park, Yong-Shik; O'Brien, Kevin; Shuldman, Daniel; Lanzillotti-Kimura, Norberto D.; Jing Wong, Zi; Yin, Xiaobo; Zhang, Xiang

    2012-11-01

    Metamaterials have extraordinary abilities, such as imaging beyond the diffraction limit and invisibility. Many metamaterials are based on split-ring structures, however, like atomic orbital currents, it has long been believed that closed rings cannot produce negative refractive index. Here we report a low-loss and polarization-independent negative-index metamaterial made solely of closed metallic nanorings. Using symmetry breaking that negatively couples the discrete nanorings, we measured negative phase delay in our composite ‘chess metamaterial’. The formation of an ultra-broad Fano-resonance-induced optical negative-index band, spanning wavelengths from 1.3 to 2.3 μm, is experimentally observed in this structure. This discrete and mono-particle negative-index approach opens exciting avenues towards symmetry-controlled topological nanophotonics with on-demand linear and nonlinear responses.

  9. Crucial role of neutrinos in the electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Smetana, Adam

    2013-12-30

    Not only the top-quark condensate appears to be the natural significant source of dynamical electroweak symmetry breaking. Provided the seesaw scenario, the neutrinos can have their Dirac masses large enough so that their condensates contribute significantly to the electroweak scale as well. We address the question of a phenomenological feasibility of the top-quark and neutrino condensation conspiracy against the electroweak symmetry within the simplifying two-composite-Higgs-doublet model. Mandatory is to reproduce the masses of electroweak gauge bosons, the top-quark mass and the recently observed scalar mass of 125 GeV, and to satisfy the upper limits on absolute value of active neutrino masses. To accomplish that, the number of right-handed neutrinos participating on the seesaw mechanism turns out to be rather large, O(100–1000)

  10. Flavor symmetry breaking in lattice QCD with a mixed action

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    Baer, Oliver; Golterman, Maarten; Shamir, Yigal

    2011-03-01

    We study the phase structure of mixed-action QCD with two Wilson sea quarks and any number of chiral valence quarks (and ghosts), starting from the chiral Lagrangian. A priori the effective theory allows for a rich phase structure, including a phase with a condensate made of sea and valence quarks. In such a phase, mass eigenstates would become admixtures of sea and valence fields, and pure-sea correlation functions would depend on the parameters of the valence sector, in contradiction with the actual setup of mixed-action simulations. Using that the spectrum of the chiral Dirac operator has a gap for nonzero quark mass we prove that spontaneous symmetry breaking of the flavor symmetries can only occur within the sea sector. This rules out a mixed condensate and implies restrictions on the low-energy constants of the effective theory.

  11. Revolving D-branes and spontaneous gauge-symmetry breaking

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    Iso, Satoshi; Kitazawa, Noriaki

    2015-12-01

    We propose a new mechanism of spontaneous gauge-symmetry breaking in the world-volume theory of revolving D-branes around a fixed point of orbifolds. In this paper, we consider a simple model of the T^6/Z_3 orbifold on which we put D3-branes, D7-branes, and their anti-branes. The configuration breaks supersymmetry, but the Ramond-Ramond tadpole cancellation conditions are satisfied. A set of three D3-branes at an orbifold fixed point can separate from the point, but, when they move perpendicular to the anti-D7-branes put on the fixed point, they are pulled back due to an attractive interaction between the D3- and anti-D7-branes. In order to stabilize the separation of the D3-branes at nonzero distance, we consider revolution of the D3-branes around the fixed point. Then the gauge symmetry on the D3-branes is spontaneously broken, and the rank of the gauge group is reduced. The distance can be set at will by appropriately choosing the angular momentum of the revolving D3-branes, which should be determined by the initial condition of the cosmological evolution of the D-brane configurations. The distance corresponds to the vacuum expectation values of brane moduli fields in the world-volume theory and, if it is written as M/M_s^2 in terms of the string scale M_s, the scale of gauge-symmetry breaking is given by M. Angular momentum conservation of revolving D3-branes assures the stability of the scale M against M_s.

  12. Chiral symmetry breaking revisited: the gap equation with lattice ingredients

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    Aguilar, Arlene C.

    2011-05-23

    We study chiral symmetry breaking in QCD, using as ingredients in the quark gap equation recent lattice results for the gluon and ghost propagators. The Ansatz employed for the quark-gluon vertex is purely non-Abelian, introducing a crucial dependence on the ghost dressing function and the quark-ghost scattering amplitude. The numerical impact of these quantities is considerable: the need to invoke confinement explicitly is avoided, and the dynamical quark masses generated are of the order of 300 MeV. In addition, the pion decay constant and the quark condensate are computed, and are found to be in good agreement with phenomenology.

  13. Spontaneous symmetry breaking and collapse in bosonic Josephson junctions

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    Mazzarella, Giovanni; Salasnich, Luca

    2010-09-15

    We investigate an attractive atomic Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) trapped by a double-well potential in the axial direction and by a harmonic potential in the transverse directions. We obtain numerically a quantum phase diagram which includes all the three relevant phases of the system: Josephson, spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB), and collapse. We consider also the coherent dynamics of the BEC and calculate the frequency of population-imbalance mode in the Josephson phase and in the SSB phase up to the collapse. We show that these phases can be observed by using ultracold vapors of {sup 7}Li atoms in a magneto-optical trap.

  14. Symmetry breaking and multipeaked solitons in inhomogeneous gain landscapes

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    Kartashov, Yaroslav V.; Vysloukh, Victor A.; Konotop, Vladimir V.

    2011-04-15

    We address one-dimensional soliton formation in a cubic nonlinear medium with two-photon absorption and transversally inhomogeneous gain landscape consisting of a single or several amplifying channels. Existence of the solitons requires certain threshold gain while the properties of solitons strongly depend on whether the number of the amplifying channels is odd or even. In the former case, an increase of the gain leads to symmetry breaking, which occurs through the pitchfork bifurcation, and to emergence of a single or several coexisting stable asymmetric modes. In the case of an even number of amplifying channels, we have found only asymmetric stable states.

  15. Naturalness of Electroweak Symmetry Breaking while Waiting for the LHC

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    Espinosa, J. R.

    2007-06-19

    After revisiting the hierarchy problem of the Standard Model and its implications for the scale of New Physics, I consider the finetuning problem of electroweak symmetry breaking in several scenarios beyond the Standard Model: SUSY, Little Higgs and ''improved naturalness'' models. The main conclusions are that: New Physics should appear on the reach of the LHC; some SUSY models can solve the hierarchy problem with acceptable residual tuning; Little Higgs models generically suffer from large tunings, many times hidden; and, finally, that ''improved naturalness'' models do not generically improve the naturalness of the SM.

  16. Quantum Transport Enhancement by Time-Reversal Symmetry Breaking

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    Zimborás, Zoltán; Faccin, Mauro; Kádár, Zoltán; Whitfield, James D.; Lanyon, Ben P.; Biamonte, Jacob

    2013-01-01

    Quantum mechanics still provides new unexpected effects when considering the transport of energy and information. Models of continuous time quantum walks, which implicitly use time-reversal symmetric Hamiltonians, have been intensely used to investigate the effectiveness of transport. Here we show how breaking time-reversal symmetry of the unitary dynamics in this model can enable directional control, enhancement, and suppression of quantum transport. Examples ranging from exciton transport to complex networks are presented. This opens new prospects for more efficient methods to transport energy and information. PMID:23917452

  17. Introduction to weak interaction theories with dynamical symmetry breaking

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    Lane, K.D.; Peskin, M.E.

    1980-07-01

    A straightforward introduction to theories of the weak interactions with dynamical symmetry breaking-theories of technicolor or hypercolor is presented. The intent is to inform experimentalists, but also to goad theorists. The motivation for considering theories of this type is described. The structure that such a theory must possess, including new gauge interactions at mass scales of 1-100 TeV is then outlined. Despite their reliance on phenomena at such enormous energies, these theories contain new phenomena observable at currently accessible energies. Three such effects which are especially likely to be observed are described.

  18. Evanescent Wave-Assisted Symmetry Breaking of Gold Dipolar Nanoantennas

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    Yang, Jhen-Hong; Chen, Kuo-Ping

    2016-01-01

    Symmetry-breaking and scattering cancellation were observed in the dark-mode resonance of dipolar gold nanoantennas (NAs) on glass substrates coupled with oblique incidence and total internal reflection. With the assistance of evanescent waves, the coupling efficiency was twice as strong when the incidence angle was larger than the critical angle. The Hamiltonian equation and absorption spectra were used to analyze the hybridization model of symmetric dipolar gold NAs. The antibonding mode could be coupled successfully by both transverse-magnetic (TM) and transverse-electric (TE) polarizations to NAs when the dimers orientation is parallel to the propagation direction of evanescent waves. PMID:27581766

  19. Spontaneous 1 chiral symmetry breaking in model bacterial suspensions

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    Breier, Rebekka; Selinger, Robin; Ciccotti, Giovanni; Herminghaus, Stephan; Mazza, Marco G.

    2015-03-01

    Chiral symmetry breaking is ubiquitous in biological systems, from DNA to bacterial suspensions. A key unresolved problem is how chiral structures may spontaneously emerge from achiral interactions. We study a simple model of bacterial suspensions in three dimensions that effectively incorporates active motion and hydrodynamic interactions. We perform large-scale molecular dynamics simulations (up to 106 particles) and describe stable (or long-lived metastable) collective states that exhibit chiral organization although the interactions are achiral. We elucidate under which conditions these chiral states will emerge and grow to large scales. We also study a related equilibrium model that clarifies the role of orientational fluctuations.

  20. Evanescent Wave-Assisted Symmetry Breaking of Gold Dipolar Nanoantennas.

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    Yang, Jhen-Hong; Chen, Kuo-Ping

    2016-01-01

    Symmetry-breaking and scattering cancellation were observed in the dark-mode resonance of dipolar gold nanoantennas (NAs) on glass substrates coupled with oblique incidence and total internal reflection. With the assistance of evanescent waves, the coupling efficiency was twice as strong when the incidence angle was larger than the critical angle. The Hamiltonian equation and absorption spectra were used to analyze the hybridization model of symmetric dipolar gold NAs. The antibonding mode could be coupled successfully by both transverse-magnetic (TM) and transverse-electric (TE) polarizations to NAs when the dimers orientation is parallel to the propagation direction of evanescent waves. PMID:27581766

  1. Stochastic model of nanomechanical electron shuttles and symmetry breaking

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    Zhao, Mo; Blick, Robert H.

    2016-06-01

    Nanomechanical electron shuttles can work as ratchets for radio-frequency rectification. We develop a full stochastic model of coupled shuttles, where the mechanical motion of nanopillars and the incoherent electronic tunneling are modeled by a Markov chain. In particular, the interaction of their randomness is taken into account, so that a linear master equation is constructed. Numerical solutions from our fast approximate method and analytical derivation reveal the symmetry breaking, which results in the direct current observed in earlier measurements [Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 067204 (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.067204]. Additionally, the method can facilitate device simulation of more complex designs such as shuttle arrays.

  2. Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking as a Basis of Particle Mass

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    Quigg, Chris; /Fermilab /CERN

    2007-04-01

    Electroweak theory joins electromagnetism with the weak force in a single quantum field theory, ascribing the two fundamental interactions--so different in their manifestations--to a common symmetry principle. How the electroweak gauge symmetry is hidden is one of the most urgent and challenging questions facing particle physics. The provisional answer incorporated in the ''standard model'' of particle physics was formulated in the 1960s by Higgs, by Brout & Englert, and by Guralnik, Hagen, & Kibble: The agent of electroweak symmetry breaking is an elementary scalar field whose self-interactions select a vacuum state in which the full electroweak symmetry is hidden, leaving a residual phase symmetry of electromagnetism. By analogy with the Meissner effect of the superconducting phase transition, the Higgs mechanism, as it is commonly known, confers masses on the weak force carriers W{sup {+-}} and Z. It also opens the door to masses for the quarks and leptons, and shapes the world around us. It is a good story--though an incomplete story--and we do not know how much of the story is true. Experiments that explore the Fermi scale (the energy regime around 1 TeV) during the next decade will put the electroweak theory to decisive test, and may uncover new elements needed to construct a more satisfying completion of the electroweak theory. The aim of this article is to set the stage by reporting what we know and what we need to know, and to set some ''Big Questions'' that will guide our explorations.

  3. Nonequilibrium quantum dynamics of partial symmetry breaking for ultracold bosons in an optical lattice ring trap

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    Carr, Lincoln D.; Garcia-March, Miguel Angel; Vijande, Javier; Ferrando, Albert

    2015-05-01

    We explore the nonequilibrium quantum dynamics of partial symmetry-breaking in ring Bose-Einstein condensates described by the Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian with an external potential. Using exact diagonalization and group theory for small systems, we establish three new concepts to predict and characterize the dynamics after a quantum quench: symmetry memory, critical symmetry-breaking strength, and the symmetry gap. Critical symmetry breaking can manifest in current reversals, but is most clearly observed in the symmetry memory operator, based on unitary rotations. Funded by NSF, AFOSR, AvH Foundation, and MINECO.

  4. Parity-time symmetry breaking in magnetic systems

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    Galda, Alexey; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2016-07-01

    The understanding of out-of-equilibrium physics, especially dynamic instabilities and dynamic phase transitions, is one of the major challenges of contemporary science, spanning the broadest wealth of research areas that range from quantum optics to living organisms. Focusing on nonequilibrium dynamics of an open dissipative spin system, we introduce a non-Hermitian Hamiltonian approach, in which non-Hermiticity reflects dissipation and deviation from equilibrium. The imaginary part of the proposed spin Hamiltonian describes the effects of Gilbert damping and applied Slonczewski spin-transfer torque. In the classical limit, our approach reproduces Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert-Slonczewski dynamics of a large macrospin. We reveal the spin-transfer torque-driven parity-time symmetry-breaking phase transition corresponding to a transition from precessional to exponentially damped spin dynamics. Micromagnetic simulations for nanoscale ferromagnetic disks demonstrate the predicted effect. Our findings can pave the way to a general quantitative description of out-of-equilibrium phase transitions driven by spontaneous parity-time symmetry breaking.

  5. Intrinsic transverse momentum and dynamical chiral symmetry breaking

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    Christian Weiss, Peter Schweitzer, Mark Strikman

    2013-01-01

    We study the effect of QCD vacuum structure on the intrinsic transverse momentum distribution of partons in the nucleon at a low scale. The dynamical breaking of chiral symmetry is caused by non-perturbative interactions at distances of the order rho ~ 0.2 - 0.3 fm, much smaller than the typical nucleon size R ~ 1 fm, resulting in a two-scale picture of nucleon structure. Using an effective dynamical model based on chiral constituent quark degrees of freedom and the 1/N_c expansion (chiral quark-soliton model), we calculate the transverse momentum distribution of quarks and antiquarks at a low scale. The distribution of valence quarks is localized at p_T ~ 1/R. The distribution of flavor-singlet unpolarized sea quarks exhibits a power-like tail extending up to the chiral-symmetry-breaking scale 1/{rho}. A similar tail is present in the flavor-nonsinglet polarized sea. These features are model-independent and represent the imprint of the QCD vacuum on the nucleon's partonic structure. At the level of the nucleon's light-cone wave function, we show that sea quarks partly exist in correlated pairs of transverse size {rho} << R, analogous to short-range NN correlations in nuclei. We discuss the implications of our findings for the transverse momentum distributions in hard scattering processes (semi-inclusive DIS, Drell-Yan pair production) and possible experimental tests of the non-perturbative parton correlations induced by QCD vacuum structure.

  6. Bending-induced Symmetry Breaking of Lithiation in Germanium Nanowires

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    Gu, Meng; Yang, Hui; Perea, Daniel E.; Zhang, Jiguang; Zhang, Sulin; Wang, Chong M.

    2014-08-01

    From signal transduction of living cells to oxidation and corrosion of metals, mechanical stress intimately couples with chemical reactions, regulating these biological and physiochemical processes. The coupled effect is particularly evident in electrochemical lithiation/delithiation cycling of high-capacity electrodes, such as silicon (Si), where on one hand lithiation-generated stress mediates lithiation kinetics, and on the other electrochemical reaction rate regulates stress generation and mechanical failure of the electrodes. Here we report for the first time the evidence on the controlled lithiation in germanium nanowires (GeNWs) through external bending. Contrary to the symmetric core-shell lithiation in free-standing GeNWs, we show bending GeNWs breaks the lithiation symmetry, speeding up lithaition at the tensile side while slowing down at the compressive side of the GeNWs. The bending-induced symmetry breaking of lithiation in GeNWs is further corroborated by chemomechanical modeling. In the light of the coupled effect between lithiation kinetics and mechanical stress in the electrochemical cycling, our findings shed light on strain/stress engineering of durable high-rate electrodes and energy harvesting through mechanical motion.

  7. Chiral symmetry breaking and confinement beyond rainbow-ladder truncation

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    Bashir, Adnan; Raya, Alfredo; Sánchez-Madrigal, Saúl

    2011-08-01

    A nonperturbative construction of the 3-point fermion-boson vertex which obeys its Ward-Takahashi or Slavnov-Taylor identity, ensures the massless fermion and boson propagators transform according to their local gauge covariance relations, reproduces perturbation theory in the weak coupling regime and provides a gauge independent description for dynamical chiral symmetry breaking and confinement has been a long-standing goal in physically relevant gauge theories such as quantum electrodynamics (QED) and quantum chromodynamics. In this paper, we demonstrate that the same simple and practical form of the vertex can achieve these objectives not only in 4-dimensional quenched QED but also in its 3-dimensional counterpart. Employing this convenient form of the vertex ansatz into the Schwinger-Dyson equation for the fermion propagator, we observe that it renders the critical coupling in 4-dimensional quenched QED markedly gauge independent in contrast with the bare vertex and improves on the well-known Curtis-Pennington construction. Furthermore, our proposal yields gauge independent order parameters for confinement and dynamical chiral symmetry breaking in 3-dimensional quenched QED.

  8. Fano resonance engineering in mirror-symmetry-broken THz metamaterials

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    Li, Xuefeng; Bian, Xinya; Milne, William I.; Chu, Daping

    2016-04-01

    We introduce a comprehensive approach to the design of mirror-symmetry-broken terahertz (THz) metamaterials and present both the simulation and experimental results which show the desired asymmetric Fano resonances and electromagnetically induced transparency-like windows. With a full-wave simulation, we find these asymmetry-induced resonance modes possess extremely high quality factors and they broaden with an increase in the structure asymmetry. This phenomenon arises from the destructive interference of a super-radiative bright mode and a sub-radiative dark mode which cannot be excited directly. Surface current and electric field distributions are analyzed to explain the emergence of these Fano resonances. An intuitive mechanical coupled oscillator model is derived to explain the unique line-shape of such Fano resonances. Moreover, large resonant frequency tuning (50 GHz) of Fano resonance has been demonstrated by temperature-induced phase change in liquid crystals. We believe that the Fano resonance in THz metamaterials may serve as a strong building block for passive or active THz elements with potential applications for future detection and sensing systems and devices.

  9. Stock market speculation: Spontaneous symmetry breaking of economic valuation

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    Sornette, Didier

    2000-09-01

    Firm foundation theory estimates a security's firm fundamental value based on four determinants: expected growth rate, expected dividend payout, the market interest rate and the degree of risk. In contrast, other views of decision-making in the stock market, using alternatives such as human psychology and behavior, bounded rationality, agent-based modeling and evolutionary game theory, expound that speculative and crowd behavior of investors may play a major role in shaping market prices. Here, we propose that the two views refer to two classes of companies connected through a "phase transition". Our theory is based on (1) the identification of the fundamental parity symmetry of prices (p→-p), which results from the relative direction of payment flux compared to commodity flux and (2) the observation that a company's risk-adjusted growth rate discounted by the market interest rate behaves as a control parameter for the observable price. We find a critical value of this control parameter at which a spontaneous symmetry-breaking of prices occurs, leading to a spontaneous valuation in absence of earnings, similarly to the emergence of a spontaneous magnetization in Ising models in absence of a magnetic field. The low growth rate phase is described by the firm foundation theory while the large growth rate phase is the regime of speculation and crowd behavior. In practice, while large "finite-time horizon" effects round off the predicted singularities, our symmetry-breaking speculation theory accounts for the apparent over-pricing and the high volatility of fast growing companies on the stock markets.

  10. Strong Electroweak Symmetry Breaking in the Large Hadron Collider Era

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    Evans, Jared Andrew

    2011-12-01

    With the Large Hadron Collider collecting data, both the pursuit of novel detection techniques and the exploration of new ideas are more important than ever. Novel detection techniques are essential in order for the community to garner the most worth from the machine. New ideas are needed both to expand the boundaries of what could be observed and to foster the creative mindset of the community that moves particle physics into fascinating, and often unexpected, directions. Discovering whether electroweak symmetry is broken strongly or weakly is one of the most pressing questions to be answered. Exploring the possibility of strong electroweak symmetry breaking is the topic of this work. The first of two major sectors in this work concerns the theory of conformal technicolor. We present the low energy minimal model for conformal technicolor and verify that it can satisfy current constraints from experiment. We will also provide a UV completion for this model, which realistically extends the sector with high-energy supersymmetry. Two complete models of flavor are presented. This is the first example of a complete, consistent model of strong electroweak symmetry breaking. The second of the two sectors discusses experimental signatures arising in a large class of general technicolor models at the Large Hadron Collider. The possible existence of narrow scalar states that can be produced via gluon-gluon fusion is first discussed. These states can decay into exotic final states of multiple electroweak gauge bosons, third generation particles and even light composite Higgs particles. A two Higgs doublet model is proposed as an effective way to model these exciting states. Lastly, we discuss the array of possible final states and their possible discovery.

  11. 3D toroidal physics: testing the boundaries of symmetry breaking

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    Spong, Don

    2014-10-01

    Toroidal symmetry is an important concept for plasma confinement; it allows the existence of nested flux surface MHD equilibria and conserved invariants for particle motion. However, perfect symmetry is unachievable in realistic toroidal plasma devices. For example, tokamaks have toroidal ripple due to discrete field coils, optimized stellarators do not achieve exact quasi-symmetry, the plasma itself continually seeks lower energy states through helical 3D deformations, and reactors will likely have non-uniform distributions of ferritic steel near the plasma. Also, some level of designed-in 3D magnetic field structure is now anticipated for most concepts in order to lead to a stable, steady-state fusion reactor. Such planned 3D field structures can take many forms, ranging from tokamaks with weak 3D ELM-suppression fields to stellarators with more dominant 3D field structures. There is considerable interest in the development of unified physics models for the full range of 3D effects. Ultimately, the questions of how much symmetry breaking can be tolerated and how to optimize its design must be addressed for all fusion concepts. Fortunately, significant progress is underway in theory, computation and plasma diagnostics on many issues such as magnetic surface quality, plasma screening vs. amplification of 3D perturbations, 3D transport, influence on edge pedestal structures, MHD stability effects, modification of fast ion-driven instabilities, prediction of energetic particle heat loads on plasma-facing materials, effects of 3D fields on turbulence, and magnetic coil design. A closely coupled program of simulation, experimental validation, and design optimization is required to determine what forms and amplitudes of 3D shaping and symmetry breaking will be compatible with future fusion reactors. The development of models to address 3D physics and progress in these areas will be described. This work is supported both by the US Department of Energy under Contract DE

  12. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in vortex systems with two repulsive lengthscales.

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    Curran, P J; Desoky, W M; Milosević, M V; Chaves, A; Laloë, J-B; Moodera, J S; Bending, S J

    2015-01-01

    Scanning Hall probe microscopy (SHPM) has been used to study vortex structures in thin epitaxial films of the superconductor MgB2. Unusual vortex patterns observed in MgB2 single crystals have previously been attributed to a competition between short-range repulsive and long-range attractive vortex-vortex interactions in this two band superconductor; the type 1.5 superconductivity scenario. Our films have much higher levels of disorder than bulk single crystals and therefore both superconducting condensates are expected to be pushed deep into the type 2 regime with purely repulsive vortex interactions. We observe broken symmetry vortex patterns at low fields in all samples after field-cooling from above Tc. These are consistent with those seen in systems with competing repulsions on disparate length scales, and remarkably similar structures are reproduced in dirty two band Ginzburg-Landau calculations, where the simulation parameters have been defined by experimental observations. This suggests that in our dirty MgB2 films, the symmetry of the vortex structures is broken by the presence of vortex repulsions with two different lengthscales, originating from the two distinct superconducting condensates. This represents an entirely new mechanism for spontaneous symmetry breaking in systems of superconducting vortices, with important implications for pinning phenomena and high current density applications. PMID:26492969

  13. Symmetry Breaking and the Inverse Energy Cascade in a Plasma

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    Worstell, Matthew; Davis, M. S.; Garnier, D.; Mauel, M. E.; Roberts, T. M.; Kesner, J.

    2013-10-01

    The application of electrostatic bias to high density plasmas with turbulent fluctuations confined by a magnetic dipole are investigated. This research investigates the application of non-symmetric bias and the influence of broken symmetry on strongly turbulent plasmas. Non-symmetric bias is applied through either point biasing or an equatorial array spanning the device. In both cases, the spatial symmetry of applied bias dramatically effects the plasma fluctuations. With bias applied, the plasma achieves a new equilibrium characterized by amplified low order modes and diminished amplitude of higher order modes. Although the turbulent spectrum changes, the RMS fluctuation level is unchanged by the bias. Bias also causes the turbulent electrostatic fluctuations to coalesce into a quasicoherent mode and the appearance of increased coherence. The effect of bias configuration is also seen to change the measured levels of nonlinear coupling. Non-symmetric biasing increases nonlinear coupling in contrast to symmetric biasing. These results represent the first experimental demonstration of symmetry breaking driving the inverse energy cascade in a quasi-two dimensional plasma system. Supported by NSF and U.S. DOE/FES Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering.

  14. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in vortex systems with two repulsive lengthscales

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    Curran, P. J.; Desoky, W. M.; Milos̆ević, M. V.; Chaves, A.; Laloë, J.-B.; Moodera, J. S.; Bending, S. J.

    2015-01-01

    Scanning Hall probe microscopy (SHPM) has been used to study vortex structures in thin epitaxial films of the superconductor MgB2. Unusual vortex patterns observed in MgB2 single crystals have previously been attributed to a competition between short-range repulsive and long-range attractive vortex-vortex interactions in this two band superconductor; the type 1.5 superconductivity scenario. Our films have much higher levels of disorder than bulk single crystals and therefore both superconducting condensates are expected to be pushed deep into the type 2 regime with purely repulsive vortex interactions. We observe broken symmetry vortex patterns at low fields in all samples after field-cooling from above Tc. These are consistent with those seen in systems with competing repulsions on disparate length scales, and remarkably similar structures are reproduced in dirty two band Ginzburg-Landau calculations, where the simulation parameters have been defined by experimental observations. This suggests that in our dirty MgB2 films, the symmetry of the vortex structures is broken by the presence of vortex repulsions with two different lengthscales, originating from the two distinct superconducting condensates. This represents an entirely new mechanism for spontaneous symmetry breaking in systems of superconducting vortices, with important implications for pinning phenomena and high current density applications. PMID:26492969

  15. Nonlinear optimals in the asymptotic suction boundary layer: Transition thresholds and symmetry breaking

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    Cherubini, S.; De Palma, P.; Robinet, J.-Ch.

    2015-03-01

    The effect of a constant homogeneous wall suction on the nonlinear transient growth of localized finite amplitude perturbations in a boundary-layer flow is investigated. Using a variational technique, nonlinear optimal disturbances are computed for the asymptotic suction boundary layer (ASBL) flow, defined as those finite amplitude disturbances yielding the largest energy growth at a given target time T. It is found that homogeneous wall suction remarkably reduces the optimal energy gain in the nonlinear case. Furthermore, mirror-symmetry breaking of the shape of the optimal perturbation appears when decreasing the Reynolds number from 10 000 to 5000, whereas spanwise mirror-symmetry was a robust feature of the nonlinear optimal perturbations found in the Blasius boundary-layer flow. Direct numerical simulations show that the different evolutions of the symmetric and of the non-symmetric initial perturbations are linked to different mechanisms of transport and tilting of the vortices by the mean flow. By bisecting the initial energy of the nonlinear optimal perturbations, minimal energy thresholds for subcritical transition to turbulence have been obtained. These energy thresholds are found to be 1-4 orders of magnitude smaller than those provided in the literature for other transition scenarios. For low to moderate Reynolds numbers, the energy thresholds are found to scale with Re-2, suggesting a new scaling law for transition in the ASBL.

  16. The role of color and attention-to-color in mirror-symmetry perception

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    Gheorghiu, Elena; Kingdom, Frederick A. A.; Remkes, Aaron; Li, Hyung-Chul O.; Rainville, Stéphane

    2016-01-01

    The role of color in the visual perception of mirror-symmetry is controversial. Some reports support the existence of color-selective mirror-symmetry channels, others that mirror-symmetry perception is merely sensitive to color-correlations across the symmetry axis. Here we test between the two ideas. Stimuli consisted of colored Gaussian-blobs arranged either mirror-symmetrically or quasi-randomly. We used four arrangements: (1) ‘segregated’ – symmetric blobs were of one color, random blobs of the other color(s); (2) ‘random-segregated’ – as above but with the symmetric color randomly selected on each trial; (3) ‘non-segregated’ – symmetric blobs were of all colors in equal proportions, as were the random blobs; (4) ‘anti-symmetric’ – symmetric blobs were of opposite-color across the symmetry axis. We found: (a) near-chance levels for the anti-symmetric condition, suggesting that symmetry perception is sensitive to color-correlations across the symmetry axis; (b) similar performance for random-segregated and non-segregated conditions, giving no support to the idea that mirror-symmetry is color selective; (c) highest performance for the color-segregated condition, but only when the observer knew beforehand the symmetry color, suggesting that symmetry detection benefits from color-based attention. We conclude that mirror-symmetry detection mechanisms, while sensitive to color-correlations across the symmetry axis and subject to the benefits of attention-to-color, are not color selective. PMID:27404804

  17. Perception of Mirror Symmetry in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Falter, Christine M.; Bailey, Anthony J.

    2012-01-01

    Gestalt grouping in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is selectively impaired for certain organization principles but for not others. Symmetry is a fundamental Gestalt principle characterizing many biological shapes. Sensitivity to symmetry was tested using the Picture Symmetry Test, which requires finding symmetry lines on pictures. Individuals…

  18. Probing SU(2) symmetry breaking in the nucleon sea

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    Arash, Firooz; Tomio, Lauro

    1997-02-01

    Investigation of invariant cross-sections for production of K*- and overlineK*0, in the fragmentation region of the proton, in p - p and γ - p reactions, gives a direct and unambiguous probe to the symmetry breaking of the nucleon sea. Based on existing data, we clearly found a large asymmetry of the sea. Our result is in excellent agreement with NA51 measurement, signaling lack of any nuclear effect. The measurement can be carried out in a single experimental set up. The ratio K*-/overlineK*0 is equivalent to u/d, with easy access to the x-dependence of the asymmetry. The observed asymmetry from available experimental data is used to improve the valon-recombination model.

  19. Jumps, somersaults, and symmetry breaking in Leidenfrost drops.

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    Chen, Simeng; Bertola, Volfango

    2016-08-01

    When a droplet of water impacts a heated surface, the drop may be observed to bounce. Recently is has been found that small quantities (∼100 ppm) of polymer additives such as polyethylene oxide can significantly increase the maximum bouncing height of drops. This effect has been explained in terms of the reduction of energy dissipation caused by polymer additives during the drop retraction and rebound, resulting in higher mechanical energy available for bouncing. Here we demonstrate, by comparing three types of fluids (Newtonian, shear-thinning, and viscoelastic), that the total kinetic energy carried by low-viscosity Newtonian drops during retraction is partly transformed into rotational kinetic energy rather than dissipated when compared with high-viscosity or non-Newtonian drops. We also show that non-Newtonian effects play little role in the energy distribution during drop impact, while the main effect is due to the symmetry break observed during the retraction of low-viscosity drops. PMID:27627234

  20. Dynamics Behind the Quark Mass Hierarchy and Electroweak Symmetry breaking

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    Miransky, Vladimir A.

    2011-05-01

    I review the dynamics in a new class of models describing the quark mass hierarchy, suggested recently by Michio Hashimoto and the author. In this class, the dynamics primarily responsible for electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB) leads to the mass spectrum of quarks with no (or weak) isospin violation. Moreover, the values of these masses are of the order of the observed masses of the down-type quarks. Then, strong (although subcritical) horizontal diagonal interactions for the t quark plus horizontal flavor-changing neutral interactions between different families lead (with no fine tuning) to a realistic quark mass spectrum. In this scenario, many composite Higgs bosons occur. A concrete model with the dynamical EWSB with the fourth family is described in detail.

  1. Dynamics Behind the Quark Mass Hierarchy and Electroweak Symmetry breaking

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    Miransky, Vladimir A.

    2011-05-24

    I review the dynamics in a new class of models describing the quark mass hierarchy, suggested recently by Michio Hashimoto and the author. In this class, the dynamics primarily responsible for electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB) leads to the mass spectrum of quarks with no (or weak) isospin violation. Moreover, the values of these masses are of the order of the observed masses of the down-type quarks. Then, strong (although subcritical) horizontal diagonal interactions for the t quark plus horizontal flavor-changing neutral interactions between different families lead (with no fine tuning) to a realistic quark mass spectrum. In this scenario, many composite Higgs bosons occur. A concrete model with the dynamical EWSB with the fourth family is described in detail.

  2. Dynamics of the universe and spontaneous symmetry breaking

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    Kazanas, D.

    1980-01-01

    It is shown that the presence of a phase transition early in the history of the universe, associated with spontaneous symmetry breaking (believed to take place at very high temperatures at which the various fundamental interactions unify), significantly modifies its dynamics and evolution. This is due to the energy 'pumping' during the phase transition from the vacuum to the substance, rather than the gravitating effects of the vacuum. The expansion law of the universe then differs substantially from the relation considered so far for the very early time expansion. In particular it is shown that under certain conditions this expansion law is exponential. It is further argued that under reasonable assumptions for the mass of the associated Higgs boson this expansion stage could last long enough to potentially account for the observed isotropy of the universe.

  3. Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking of Hall magnetohydrodynamic turbulence.

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    Meyrand, Romain; Galtier, Sébastien

    2012-11-01

    Hall magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) is investigated through three-dimensional direct numerical simulations. We show that the Hall effect induces a spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking of the turbulent dynamics. The normalized magnetic polarization is introduced to separate the right- (R) and left-handed (L) fluctuations. A classical k(-7/3) spectrum is found at small scales for R magnetic fluctuations which corresponds to the electron MHD prediction. A spectrum compatible with k(-11/3) is obtained at large-scales for the L magnetic fluctuations; we call this regime the ion MHD. These results are explained heuristically by rewriting the Hall MHD equations in a succinct vortex dynamical form. Applications to solar wind turbulence are discussed. PMID:23215387

  4. Where to Go: Breaking the Symmetry in Cell Motility

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    2016-01-01

    Cell migration in the “correct” direction is pivotal for many biological processes. Although most work is devoted to its molecular mechanisms, the cell’s preference for one direction over others, thus overcoming intrinsic random motility, epitomizes a profound principle that underlies all complex systems: the choice of one axis, in structure or motion, from a uniform or symmetric set of options. Explaining directional motility by an external chemo-attractant gradient does not solve but only shifts the problem of causation: whence the gradient? A new study in PLOS Biology shows cell migration in a self-generated gradient, offering an opportunity to take a broader look at the old dualism of extrinsic instruction versus intrinsic symmetry-breaking in cell biology. PMID:27196433

  5. Symmetry breaking of nematic umbilical defects through an amplitude equation

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    Clerc, Marcel G.; Vidal-Henriquez, Estefania; Davila, Juan Diego; Kowalczyk, Michał

    2014-07-01

    The existence, stability properties, and bifurcation diagram of the nematic umbilical defects is studied. Close to the Fréedericksz transition of nematic liquid crystals with negative anisotropic dielectric constant and homeotropic anchoring, an anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau equation for the amplitude of the tilt of the director away from the vertical axis is derived by taking the three-dimensional (3D) to 2D limit of the Frank-Oseen model. The anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau equation allows us to reveal the mechanism of symmetry breaking of nematic umbilical defects. The positive defect is fully characterized as a function of the anisotropy, while the negative defect is characterized perturbatively. Numerical simulations show quite good agreement with the analytical results.

  6. Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in collective active motion

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    Breier, Rebekka E.; Selinger, Robin L. B.; Ciccotti, Giovanni; Herminghaus, Stephan; Mazza, Marco G.

    2016-02-01

    Chiral symmetry breaking is ubiquitous in biological systems, from DNA to bacterial suspensions. A key unresolved problem is how chiral structures may spontaneously emerge from achiral interactions. We study a simple model of active swimmers in three dimensions that effectively incorporates hydrodynamic interactions. We perform large-scale molecular dynamics simulations (up to 106 particles) and find long-lived metastable collective states that exhibit chiral organization although the interactions are achiral. We elucidate under which conditions these chiral states will emerge and grow to large scales. To explore the complex phase space available to the system, we perform nonequilibrium quenches on a one-dimensional Lebwohl-Lasher model with periodic boundary conditions to study the likelihood of formation of chiral structures.

  7. Symmetry Breaking Drift of Particles Settling in Homogeneous Shear Turbulence

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    van Hinsberg, M. A. T.; Clercx, H. J. H.; Toschi, Federico

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the influence of shear on the gravitational settling of heavy inertial particles in homogeneous shear turbulence (HST). In addition to the well-known enhanced settling velocity, observed for heavy inertial particles in homogeneous isotropic turbulence (HIT), a horizontal drift velocity is also observed in the shearing direction due to the presence of a nonzero mean vorticity (introducing symmetry breaking due to the mean shear). This drift velocity is due to the combination of shear, gravity, and turbulence, and all three of these elements are needed for this effect to occur. We extend the mechanism responsible for the enhanced settling velocity in HIT to the case of HST. Two separate regimes are observed, characterized by positive or negative drift velocity, depending on the particle settling velocity.

  8. Fainter and closer: finding planets by symmetry breaking.

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    Ribak, Erez N; Gladysz, Szymon

    2008-09-29

    Imaging of planets is very difficult, due to the glare from their nearby, much brighter suns. Static and slowly-evolving aberrations are the limiting factors, even after application of adaptive optics. The residual speckle pattern is highly symmetrical due to diffraction from the telescope's aperture. We suggest to break this symmetry and thus to locate planets hidden beneath it. An eccentric pupil mask is rotated to modulate the residual light pattern not removed by other means. This modulation is then exploited to reveal the planet's constant signal. In well-corrected ground-based observations we can reach planets six stellar magnitudes fainter than their sun, and only 2-3 times the diffraction limit from it. At ten times the diffraction limit, we detect planets 16 magnitudes fainter. The stellar background drops by five magnitudes. PMID:18825194

  9. Symmetry Breaking Drift of Particles Settling in Homogeneous Shear Turbulence.

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    van Hinsberg, M A T; Clercx, H J H; Toschi, Federico

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the influence of shear on the gravitational settling of heavy inertial particles in homogeneous shear turbulence (HST). In addition to the well-known enhanced settling velocity, observed for heavy inertial particles in homogeneous isotropic turbulence (HIT), a horizontal drift velocity is also observed in the shearing direction due to the presence of a nonzero mean vorticity (introducing symmetry breaking due to the mean shear). This drift velocity is due to the combination of shear, gravity, and turbulence, and all three of these elements are needed for this effect to occur. We extend the mechanism responsible for the enhanced settling velocity in HIT to the case of HST. Two separate regimes are observed, characterized by positive or negative drift velocity, depending on the particle settling velocity. PMID:27541467

  10. Symmetry-Breaking Model for X-Chromosome Inactivation

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    Nicodemi, Mario; Prisco, Antonella

    2007-03-01

    In mammals, dosage compensation of X linked genes in female cells is achieved by inactivation of one of their two X chromosomes which is randomly chosen. The earliest steps in X-chromosome inactivation (XCI), namely, the mechanism whereby cells count their X chromosomes and choose between two equivalent X chromosomes, remain mysterious. Starting from the recent discovery of X chromosome colocalization at the onset of X-chromosome inactivation, we propose a statistical mechanics model of XCI, which is investigated by computer simulations and checked against experimental data. Our model describes how a “blocking factor” complex is self-assembled and why only one is formed out of many diffusible molecules, resulting in a spontaneous symmetry breaking in the binding to two identical chromosomes. These results are used to derive a scenario of biological implications.

  11. Fluid force and static symmetry breaking modes of 3D bluff bodies.

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    Cadot, Olivier; Evrard, Antoine; DFA Team

    2015-11-01

    A cavity at the base of the squareback Ahmed model at Re =6.106 is able to reduce the base suction by 18% and the drag coefficient by 9%, while the flow at the separation remains unaffected. Instantaneous pressure measurements at the body base, fluid force measurements and wake velocity measurements are investigated varying the cavity depth from 0 to 35% of the base height. Due to the reflectional symmetry of the rectangular base, there are two Reflectional Symmetry Breaking (RSB) mirror modes present in the natural wake that switch from one to the other randomly in accordance with the recent findings of Grandemange et al. (2013). It is shown that these modes exhibit an energetic 3D static vortex system close to the base of the body. A sufficiently deep cavity is able to stabilize the wake toward a symmetry preserved wake, thus suppressing the RSB modes and leading to a weaker elliptical toric recirculation. The stabilization can be modeled with a Langevin equation. The plausible mechanism for drag reduction with the base cavity is based on the interaction of the static 3D vortex system of the RSB modes with the base and their suppression by stabilization. There are some strong evidences that this mechanism may be generalized to axisymmetric bodies with base cavity.

  12. Second order optical nonlinearity in silicon by symmetry breaking

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    Cazzanelli, Massimo; Schilling, Joerg

    2016-03-01

    Although silicon does not possess a dipolar bulk second order nonlinear susceptibility due to its centro-symmetric crystal structure, in recent years several attempts were undertaken to create such a property in silicon. This review presents the different sources of a second order susceptibility (χ(2)) in silicon and the connected second order nonlinear effects which were investigated up to now. After an introduction, a theoretical overview discusses the second order nonlinearity in general and distinguishes between the dipolar contribution—which is usually dominating in non-centrosymmetric structures—and the quadrupolar contribution, which even exists in centro-symmetric materials. Afterwards, the classic work on second harmonic generation from silicon surfaces in reflection measurements is reviewed. Due to the abrupt symmetry breaking at surfaces and interfaces locally a dipolar second order susceptibility appears, resulting in, e.g., second harmonic generation. Since the bulk contribution is usually small, the study of this second harmonic signal allows a sensitive observation of the surface/interface conditions. The impact of covering films, strain, electric fields, and defect states at the interfaces was already investigated in this way. With the advent of silicon photonics and the search for ever faster electrooptic modulators, the interest turned to the creation of a dipolar bulk χ(2) in silicon. These efforts have been focussing on several experiments applying an inhomogeneous strain to the silicon lattice to break its centro-symmetry. Recent results suggesting the impact of electric fields which are exerted from fixed charges in adjacent covering layers are also included. After a subsequent summary on "competing" concepts using not Si but Si-related materials, the paper will end with some final conclusions, suggesting possible future research direction in this dynamically developing field.

  13. Emergent spontaneous symmetry breaking and emergent symmetry restoration in rippling gravitational background

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    Kurkov, Maxim A.

    2016-06-01

    We study effects of a rippling gravitational background on a scalar field with a double well potential, focusing on the analogy with the well known dynamics of the Kapitza's pendulum. The ripples are rendered as infinitesimal but rapidly oscillating perturbations of the scale factor. We find that the resulting dynamics crucially depends on a value of the parameter ξ in the ξ R φ ^2 vertex. For the time-dependent perturbations of a proper form the resulting effective action is generally covariant, and at a high enough frequency at ξ <0 and at ξ >1/6 the effective potential has a single minimum at zero, thereby restoring spontaneously broken symmetry of the ground state. On the other side, at 0<ξ < 1/6 spontaneous symmetry breaking emerges even when it is absent in the unperturbed case.

  14. Symmetry Breaking in a Model for Nodal Cilia

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    Brokaw, Charles J.

    2005-03-01

    Nodal cilia are very short cilia found in the embryonic node on the ventral surface of early mammalian embryos. They create a right to left fluid flow that is responsible for determining the normal asymmetry of the internal organs of the mammalian body. To do this, the distal end of the cilium must circle in a counterclockwise sense. Computer simulations with 3-dimensional models of flagella allow examination of 3-dimensional movements such as those of nodal cilia. 3-dimensional circling motions of short cilia can be achieved with velocity controlled models, in which dynein activity is regulated by sliding velocity. If dyneins on one outer doublet are controlled by the sliding velocity experienced by that doublet, the system is symmetric, and the 3-dimensional models can show either clockwise or counterclockwise circling. My computer simulations have examined two possible symmetry breaking mechanisms: 1) dyneins on doublet N are regulated by a mixture of the sliding velocities experienced by doublets N and N+1 (numbered in a clockwise direction, looking from the base). or 2) symmetry is broken by an off-axis force that produces a right-handed twist of the axoneme, consistent with observations that some dyneins can rotate their substrate microtubules in a clockwise direction.

  15. Noncommutative gauge theory and symmetry breaking in matrix models

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    Grosse, Harald; Steinacker, Harold; Lizzi, Fedele

    2010-04-15

    We show how the fields and particles of the standard model can be naturally realized in noncommutative gauge theory. Starting with a Yang-Mills matrix model in more than four dimensions, an SU(n) gauge theory on a Moyal-Weyl space arises with all matter and fields in the adjoint of the gauge group. We show how this gauge symmetry can be broken spontaneously down to SU(3){sub c}xSU(2){sub L}xU(1){sub Q}[resp. SU(3){sub c}xU(1){sub Q}], which couples appropriately to all fields in the standard model. An additional U(1){sub B} gauge group arises which is anomalous at low energies, while the trace-U(1) sector is understood in terms of emergent gravity. A number of additional fields arise, which we assume to be massive, in a pattern that is reminiscent of supersymmetry. The symmetry breaking might arise via spontaneously generated fuzzy spheres, in which case the mechanism is similar to brane constructions in string theory.

  16. Symmetry Breaking and the B3LYP Functional

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Hudgins, Douglas M.; Allamandola, Louis J.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1999-01-01

    The infrared spectra of six molecules, each of which contains a five-membered ring, and their cations are determined using density functional theory (DFT); both the B3LYP and BP86 functionals are used. The computed results are compared with the experimental spectra. For the neutral molecules, both methods are in good agreement with experiment. Even the Hartree-Fock (HF) approach is qualitatively correct for the neutrals. For the cations, the HF approach fails, as found for other organic ring systems. The B3LYP and BP86 approaches are in good mutual agreement for five of the six cation spectra, and in good agreement with experiment for four of the five cations where the experimental spectra are available. It is only for the fluoranthene cation, where the BP86 and B3LYP functionals yield different results; the BP86 yields the expected C2v symmetry, while the B3LYP approach breaks symmetry. The experimental spectra supports the BP86 spectra over the B3LYP, but the quality of the experimental spectra does not allow a critical evaluation of the accuracy of the BP86 approach for this difficult system.

  17. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in Schroedinger lattices with two nonlinear sites

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    Brazhnyi, Valeriy A.; Malomed, Boris A.

    2011-05-15

    We introduce discrete systems in the form of straight (infinite) and ring-shaped chains, with two symmetrically placed nonlinear sites. The systems can be implemented in nonlinear optics (as waveguiding arrays) and Bose-Einstein condensates (by means of an optical lattice). A full set of exact analytical solutions for symmetric, asymmetric, and antisymmetric localized modes is found, and their stability is investigated in a numerical form. The symmetry-breaking bifurcation, through which the asymmetric modes emerge from the symmetric ones, is found to be of the subcritical type. It is transformed into a supercritical bifurcation if the nonlinearity is localized in relatively broad domains around two central sites, and also in the ring of a small size, i.e., in effectively nonlocal settings. The family of antisymmetric modes does not undergo bifurcations and features both stable and unstable portions. The evolution of unstable localized modes is investigated by means of direct simulations. In particular, unstable asymmetric states, which exist in the case of the subcritical bifurcation, give rise to breathers oscillating between the nonlinear sites, thus restoring an effective dynamical symmetry between them.

  18. AdS Branes from Partial Breaking of Superconformal Symmetries

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    Ivanov, E.A.

    2005-10-01

    It is shown how the static-gauge world-volume superfield actions of diverse superbranes on the AdS{sub d+1} superbackgrounds can be systematically derived from nonlinear realizations of the appropriate AdS supersymmetries. The latter are treated as superconformal symmetries of flat Minkowski superspaces of the bosonic dimension d. Examples include the N = 1 AdS{sub 4} supermembrane, which is associated with the 1/2 partial breaking of the OSp(1|4) supersymmetry down to the N = 1, d = 3 Poincare supersymmetry, and the T-duality related L3-brane on AdS{sub 5} and scalar 3-brane on AdS{sub 5} x S{sup 1}, which are associated with two different patterns of 1/2 breaking of the SU(2, 2|1) supersymmetry. Another (closely related) topic is the AdS/CFT equivalence transformation. It maps the world-volume actions of the codimension-one AdS{sub d+1} (super)branes onto the actions of the appropriate Minkowski (super)conformal field theories in the dimension d.

  19. Spontaneous SUSY breaking with anomalous U(1) symmetry by meta-stable vacuum

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    Nishino, Hiroyuki

    2008-11-23

    We will discuss a SUSY breaking model with anomalous U(1) symmetry. We discard R-symmetry and allow non-renormalizable terms for the model. It will be shown that certain class of models, where the number of positively charged fields is larger than that of negatively charged fields, can have meta-stable SUSY breaking vacuum.

  20. Symmetry breaking on density in escaping ants: experiment and alarm pheromone model.

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    Li, Geng; Huan, Di; Roehner, Bertrand; Xu, Yijuan; Zeng, Ling; Di, Zengru; Han, Zhangang

    2014-01-01

    The symmetry breaking observed in nature is fascinating. This symmetry breaking is observed in both human crowds and ant colonies. In such cases, when escaping from a closed space with two symmetrically located exits, one exit is used more often than the other. Group size and density have been reported as having no significant impact on symmetry breaking, and the alignment rule has been used to model symmetry breaking. Density usually plays important roles in collective behavior. However, density is not well-studied in symmetry breaking, which forms the major basis of this paper. The experiment described in this paper on an ant colony displays an increase then decrease of symmetry breaking versus ant density. This result suggests that a Vicsek-like model with an alignment rule may not be the correct model for escaping ants. Based on biological facts that ants use pheromones to communicate, rather than seeing how other individuals move, we propose a simple yet effective alarm pheromone model. The model results agree well with the experimental outcomes. As a measure, this paper redefines symmetry breaking as the collective asymmetry by deducing the random fluctuations. This research indicates that ants deposit and respond to the alarm pheromone, and the accumulation of this biased information sharing leads to symmetry breaking, which suggests true fundamental rules of collective escape behavior in ants. PMID:25551611

  1. WHY COLOR-FLAVOR LOCKING IS JUST LIKE CHIRAL SYMMETRY BREAKING

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    PISARSKI,R.D.; RISCHKE,D.H.

    2000-05-10

    The authors review how a classification into representations of color and flavor can be used to understand the possible patterns of symmetry breaking for color superconductivity in dense quark matter. In particular, the authors show how for three flavors, color-flavor locking is precisely analogous to the usual pattern of chiral symmetry breaking in the QCD vacuum.

  2. Aspects of Higher Spin Symmetry and its Breaking

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    Zhiboedov, Alexander

    This thesis explores different aspects of higher spin symmetry and its breaking in the context of Quantum Field Theory, AdS/CFT and String Theory. In chapter 2, we study the constraints imposed by the existence of a single higher spin conserved current on a three-dimensional conformal field theory (CFT). A single higher spin conserved current implies the existence of an infinite number of higher spin conserved currents. The correlation functions of the stress tensor and the conserved currents are then shown to be equal to those of a free field theory. Namely a theory of N free bosons or free fermions. This is an extension of the Coleman-Mandula theorem to CFT's, which do not have a conventional S-matrix. In chapter 3, we consider three-dimensional conformal field theories that have a higher spin symmetry that is slightly broken. The theories have a large N limit, in the sense that the operators separate into single-trace and multi-trace and obey the usual large N factorization properties. We assume that the only single trace operators are the higher spin currents plus an additional scalar. Using the slightly broken higher spin symmetry we constrain the three-point functions of the theories to leading order in N. We show that there are two families of solutions. One family can be realized as a theory of N fermions with an O( N) Chern-Simons gauge field, the other as a N bosons plus the Chern-Simons gauge field. In chapter 4, we consider several aspects of unitary higher-dimensional conformal field theories. We investigate the dimensions of spinning operators via the crossing equations in the light-cone limit. We find that, in a sense, CFTs become free at large spin and 1/s is a weak coupling parameter. The spectrum of CFTs enjoys additivity: if two twists tau 1, tau2 appear in the spectrum, there are operators whose twists are arbitrarily close to tau1 + tau2. We characterize how tau1 + tau2 is approached at large spin by solving the crossing equations analytically

  3. Wavelength selection and symmetry breaking in orbital wave ripples

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    Nienhuis, Jaap H.; Perron, J. Taylor; Kao, Justin C. T.; Myrow, Paul M.

    2014-10-01

    Sand ripples formed by waves have a uniform wavelength while at equilibrium and develop defects while adjusting to changes in the flow. These patterns arise from the interaction of the flow with the bed topography, but the specific mechanisms have not been fully explained. We use numerical flow models and laboratory wave tank experiments to explore the origins of these patterns. The wavelength of "orbital" wave ripples (λ) is directly proportional to the oscillating flow's orbital diameter (d), with many experimental and field studies finding λ/d ≈ 0.65. We demonstrate a coupling that selects this ratio: the maximum length of the flow separation zone downstream of a ripple crest equals λ when λ/d ≈ 0.65. We show that this condition maximizes the growth rate of ripples. Ripples adjusting to changed flow conditions develop defects that break the bed's symmetry. When d is shortened sufficiently, two new incipient crests appear in every trough, but only one grows into a full-sized crest. Experiments have shown that the same side (right or left) wins in every trough. We find that this occurs because incipient secondary crests slow the flow and encourage the growth of crests on the next flank. Experiments have also shown that when d is lengthened, ripple crests become increasingly sinuous and eventually break up. We find that this occurs because crests migrate preferentially toward the nearest adjacent crest, amplifying any initial sinuosity. Our results reveal the mechanisms that form common wave ripple patterns and highlight interactions among unsteady flows, sediment transport, and bed topography.

  4. Vacuum solutions of a gravity model with vector-induced spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking

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    Bertolami, O.; Paramos, J.

    2005-08-15

    We study the vacuum solutions of a gravity model where Lorentz symmetry is spontaneously broken once a vector field acquires a vacuum expectation value. Results are presented for the purely radial Lorentz symmetry breaking (LSB), radial/temporal LSB and axial/temporal LSB. The purely radial LSB result corresponds to new black hole solutions. When possible, parametrized post-Newtonian parameters are computed and observational boundaries used to constrain the Lorentz symmetry breaking scale.

  5. Sea quark transverse momentum distributions and dynamical chiral symmetry breaking

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    Schweitzer, Peter; Strikman, Mark; Weiss, Christian

    2014-01-01

    Recent theoretical studies have provided new insight into the intrinsic transverse momentum distributions of valence and sea quarks in the nucleon at a low scale. The valence quark transverse momentum distributions (q - qbar) are governed by the nucleon's inverse hadronic size R{sup -1} ~ 0.2 GeV and drop steeply at large p{sub T}. The sea quark distributions (qbar) are in large part generated by non-perturbative chiral-symmetry breaking interactions and extend up to the scale rho{sup -1} ~ 0.6 GeV. These findings have many implications for modeling the initial conditions of perturbative QCD evolution of TMD distributions (starting scale, shape of p{sub T}. distributions, coordinate-space correlation functions). The qualitative difference between valence and sea quark intrinsic p{sub T}. distributions could be observed experimentally, by comparing the transverse momentum distributions of selected hadrons in semi-inclusive deep-inelastic scattering, or those of dileptons produced in pp and pbar-p scattering.

  6. Symmetry breaking in linearly coupled Korteweg-de Vries systems.

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    Espinosa-Cerón, A; Malomed, B A; Fujioka, J; Rodríguez, R F

    2012-09-01

    We consider solitons in a system of linearly coupled Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equations, which model two-layer settings in various physical media. We demonstrate that traveling symmetric solitons with identical components are stable at velocities lower than a certain threshold value. Above the threshold, which is found exactly, the symmetric modes are unstable against spontaneous symmetry breaking, which gives rise to stable asymmetric solitons. The shape of the asymmetric solitons is found by means of a variational approximation and in the numerical form. Simulations of the evolution of an unstable symmetric soliton sometimes produce its breakup into two different asymmetric modes. Collisions between moving stable solitons, symmetric and asymmetric ones, are studied numerically, featuring noteworthy features. In particular, collisions between asymmetric solitons with identical polarities are always elastic, while in the case of opposite polarities the collision leads to a switch of the polarities of both solitons. Three-soliton collisions are studied too, featuring quite complex interaction scenarios. PMID:23020484

  7. Zonal Flows from Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking of Homogeneous Turbulence

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    Parker, Jeffrey; Krommes, John

    2013-10-01

    To study how zonal flows (ZF) arise, we examine one of the simplest possible models, the stochastically forced Hasegawa-Mima equation, which displays the bifurcation of steady ZFs from a state of homogeneous turbulence; thus a statistical treatment is required. Here an approach is adopted in which the ZFs are treated as mean fields that spontaneously break the background symmetry. The resulting inhomogeneous ensemble is treated self-consistently without assuming weak inhomogeneity. Closed statistical equations are obtained by ignoring the drift-wave self-interactions while fully retaining the drift-wave-ZF nonlinearities. We show that from the statistical point of view ZF generation can be understood as pattern formation. This leads to the surprising result that in a saturated turbulent state the ZF wavelength is not unique; a continuous band of ZF scales is allowed. Only those within a smaller sub-band are linearly stable. That stability is analyzed and the stability diagram in parameter space is calculated and successfully compared with simulations. The stability concept provides a way of interpreting the merging of zonal jets, a phenomenon commonly observed in observations and numerical studies. Work supported by U.S DOE Contract No DE-AC02-09CH11466 and by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

  8. A pedagogical review of electroweak symmetry breaking scenarios

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    Bhattacharyya, Gautam

    2011-02-01

    We review different avenues of electroweak symmetry breaking explored over the years. This constitutes a timely exercise as the world's largest and the highest energy particle accelerator, namely, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, has started running whose primary mission is to find the Higgs or some phenomena that mimic the effects of the Higgs, i.e. to unravel the mysteries of electroweak phase transition. In the beginning, we discuss the Standard Model Higgs mechanism. After that we review the Higgs sector of the minimal supersymmetric Standard Model. Then we take up three relatively recent ideas: little Higgs, gauge-Higgs unification and Higgsless scenarios. For the latter three cases, we first present the basic ideas and restrict our illustration to some instructive toy models to provide an intuitive feel of the underlying dynamics, and then discuss, for each of the three cases, how more realistic scenarios are constructed and how to decipher their experimental signatures. Wherever possible, we provide pedagogical details, which beginners might find useful.

  9. Perversions driven spontaneous symmetry breaking in heterogeneous elastic ribbons

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    Liu, Shuangping; Yao, Zhenwei; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    2015-03-01

    Perversion structures in an otherwise uniform helical structure are associated with several important concepts in fundamental physics and materials science, including the spontaneous symmetry breaking and the elastic buckling. They also have strong connections with biological motifs (e.g., bacteria shapes and plant tendrils) and have potential applications in micro-muscles and soft robotics. In this work, using a three-dimensional elastomeric bi-stripe model, we investigate the properties of perversions that are independent of the specific ribbon shapes. Several intrinsic features of perversions are revealed, including the spontaneous condensation of energy as well as the distinct energy transfer modes within the perversion region. These properties of perversions associated with the storage of elastic energies can be exploited in the design of actuator devices. We thank the financial support from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

  10. Symmetry breaking in SNS junctions: edge transport and field asymmetries

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    Suominen, Henri; Nichele, Fabrizio; Kjaergaard, Morten; Rasmussen, Asbjorn; Danon, Jeroen; Flensberg, Karsten; Levitov, Leonid; Shabani, Javad; Palmstrom, Chris; Marcus, Charles

    We study magnetic diffraction patterns in a tunable superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor junction. By utilizing epitaxial growth of aluminum on InAs/InGaAs we obtain transparent junctions which display a conventional Fraunhofer pattern of the critical current as a function of applied perpendicular magnetic field, B⊥. By studying the angular dependence of the critical current with applied magnetic fields in the plane of the junction we find a striking anisotropy. We attribute this effect to dephasing of Andreev states in the bulk of the junction, leading to SQUID like behavior when the magnetic field is applied parallel to current flow. Furthermore, in the presence of both in-plane and perpendicular fields, asymmetries in +/-B⊥ are observed. We suggest possible origins and discuss the role of spin-orbit and Zeeman physics together with a background disorder potential breaking spatial symmetries of the junction. Research supported by Microsoft Project Q, the Danish National Research Foundation and the NSF through the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.

  11. Natural cold baryogenesis from strongly interacting electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Konstandin, Thomas; Servant, Géraldine E-mail: geraldine.servant@cern.ch

    2011-07-01

    The mechanism of ''cold electroweak baryogenesis'' has been so far unpopular because its proposal has relied on the ad-hoc assumption of a period of hybrid inflation at the electroweak scale with the Higgs acting as the waterfall field. We argue here that cold baryogenesis can be naturally realized without the need to introduce any slow-roll potential. Our point is that composite Higgs models where electroweak symmetry breaking arises via a strongly first-order phase transition provide a well-motivated framework for cold baryogenesis. In this case, reheating proceeds by bubble collisions and we argue that this can induce changes in Chern-Simons number, which in the presence of new sources of CP violation commonly lead to baryogenesis. We illustrate this mechanism using as a source of CP violation an effective dimension-six operator which is free from EDM constraints, another advantage of cold baryogenesis compared to the standard theory of electroweak baryogenesis. Our results are general as they do not rely on any particular UV completion but only on a stage of supercooling ended by a first-order phase transition in the evolution of the universe, which can be natural if there is nearly conformal dynamics at the TeV scale. Besides, baryon-number violation originates from the Standard Model only.

  12. Particle-Hole Symmetry Breaking in the Pseudogap State of Bi2201

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    Hashimoto, M.; He, R.-H.; Tanaka, K.; Testaud, J.P.; Meevasana1, W.; Moore, R.G.; Lu, D.H.; Yao, H.; Yoshida, Y.; Eisaki, H.; Devereaux, T.P.; Hussain, Z.; Shen, Z.-X.; /SIMES, Stanford /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.

    2011-08-19

    In conventional superconductors, a gap exists in the energy absorption spectrum only below the transition temperature (T{sub c}), corresponding to the energy price to pay for breaking a Cooper pair of electrons. In high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors above T{sub c}, an energy gap called the pseudogap exists, and is controversially attributed either to pre-formed superconducting pairs, which would exhibit particle-hole symmetry, or to competing phases which would typically break it. Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) studies suggest that the pseudogap stems from lattice translational symmetry breaking and is associated with a different characteristic spectrum for adding or removing electrons (particle-hole asymmetry). However, no signature of either spatial or energy symmetry breaking of the pseudogap has previously been observed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). Here we report ARPES data from Bi2201 which reveals both particle-hole symmetry breaking and dramatic spectral broadening indicative of spatial symmetry breaking without long range order, upon crossing through T* into the pseudogap state. This symmetry breaking is found in the dominant region of the momentum space for the pseudogap, around the so-called anti-node near the Brillouin zone boundary. Our finding supports the STM conclusion that the pseudogap state is a broken-symmetry state that is distinct from homogeneous superconductivity.

  13. Dynamics of symmetry breaking during quantum real-time evolution in a minimal model system.

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    Heyl, Markus; Vojta, Matthias

    2014-10-31

    One necessary criterion for the thermalization of a nonequilibrium quantum many-particle system is ergodicity. It is, however, not sufficient in cases where the asymptotic long-time state lies in a symmetry-broken phase but the initial state of nonequilibrium time evolution is fully symmetric with respect to this symmetry. In equilibrium, one particular symmetry-broken state is chosen as a result of an infinitesimal symmetry-breaking perturbation. From a dynamical point of view the question is: Can such an infinitesimal perturbation be sufficient for the system to establish a nonvanishing order during quantum real-time evolution? We study this question analytically for a minimal model system that can be associated with symmetry breaking, the ferromagnetic Kondo model. We show that after a quantum quench from a completely symmetric state the system is able to break its symmetry dynamically and discuss how these features can be observed experimentally. PMID:25396355

  14. Breaking and Restoring of Diffeomorphism Symmetry in Discrete Gravity

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    Bahr, B.; Dittrich, B.

    2009-12-15

    We discuss the fate of diffeomorphism symmetry in discrete gravity. Diffeomorphism symmetry is typically broken by the discretization. This has repercussions for the observable content and the canonical formulation of the theory. It might however be possible to construct discrete actions, so-called perfect actions, with exact symmetries and we will review first steps towards this end.

  15. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in a split potential box

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    Shamriz, Elad; Dror, Nir; Malomed, Boris A.

    2016-08-01

    We report results of an analysis of the spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB) in a basic (actually, simplest) model that is capable of producing the SSB phenomenology in a one-dimensional setting. It is based on the Gross-Pitaevskii-nonlinear Schrödinger equation with the cubic self-attractive term and a double-well potential built as an infinitely deep potential box split by a narrow (δ functional) barrier. The barrier's strength ɛ is the single free parameter of the scaled form of the model. It may be implemented in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates and nonlinear optics. The SSB bifurcation of the symmetric ground state (g.s.) is predicted analytically in two limit cases, viz., for deep or weak splitting of the potential box by the barrier (ɛ ≫1 or ɛ ≪1 , respectively). For the generic case, a variational approximation (VA) is elaborated. The analytical findings are presented along with systematic numerical results. The stability of stationary states is studied through the calculation of eigenvalues for small perturbations and by means of direct simulations. The g.s. always undergoes the SSB bifurcation of the supercritical type, as predicted by the VA at moderate values of ɛ , although the VA fails at small ɛ , due to inapplicability of the underlying ansatz in that case. However, the latter case is correctly treated by the approximation based on a soliton ansatz. On top of the g.s., the first and second excited states are studied too. The antisymmetric mode (the first excited state) is destabilized at a critical value of its norm. The second excited state undergoes SSB bifurcation, like the g.s., but, unlike it, the bifurcation produces an unstable asymmetric mode. All unstable modes tend to spontaneously reshape into the asymmetric g.s.

  16. Chiral symmetry breaking in QCD with two light flavors.

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    Engel, Georg P; Giusti, Leonardo; Lottini, Stefano; Sommer, Rainer

    2015-03-20

    A distinctive feature of the presence of spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in QCD is the condensation of low modes of the Dirac operator near the origin. The rate of condensation must be equal to the slope of M(π)(2)F(π)(2)/2 with respect to the quark mass m in the chiral limit, where M(π) and F(π) are the mass and the decay constant of the Nambu-Goldstone bosons. We compute the spectral density of the (Hermitian) Dirac operator, the quark mass, the pseudoscalar meson mass, and decay constant by numerical simulations of lattice QCD with two light degenerate Wilson quarks. We use lattices generated by the Coordinated Lattice Simulation (CLS) group at three values of the lattice spacing in the range 0.05-0.08 fm, and for several quark masses corresponding to pseudoscalar mesons masses down to 190 MeV. Thanks to this coverage of parameters space, we can extrapolate all quantities to the chiral and continuum limits with confidence. The results show that the low quark modes do condense in the continuum as expected by the Banks-Casher mechanism, and the rate of condensation agrees with the Gell-Mann-Oakes-Renner relation. For the renormalization-group-invariant ratios we obtain [Σ(RGI)](1/3)/F=2.77(2)(4) and Λ(M̅S)/F=3.6(2), which correspond to [Σ(M̅S)(2  GeV)](1/3)=263(3)(4)  MeV and F=85.8(7)(20)  MeV if F(K) is used to set the scale by supplementing the theory with a quenched strange quark. PMID:25839261

  17. Replica-symmetry-breaking transitions and off-equilibrium dynamics

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    Rizzo, Tommaso

    2013-09-01

    I consider branches of replica-symmetry-breaking (RSB) solutions in glassy systems that display a dynamical transition at a temperature Td characterized by a mode-coupling-theory dynamical behavior. Below Td these branches of solutions are considered to be relevant to the system complexity and to off-equilibrium dynamics. Under general assumptions I argue that near Td it is not possible to stabilize the one-step (1RSB) solution beyond the marginal point by making a full RSB (FRSB) ansatz. However, depending on the model, there may exist a temperature T* strictly lower than Td below which the 1RSB branch can be continued to a FRSB branch. Such a temperature certainly exists for models that display the so-called Gardner transition and in this case TG

  18. Origin of Spontaneous Broken Mirror Symmetry of Vortex Lattices in Nb

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    Adachi, Hiroki M.; Ishikawa, Masaki; Hirano, Tomoya; Ichioka, Masanori; Machida, Kazushige

    2011-11-01

    Combining the microscopic Eilenberger theory with the first-principles band calculation, we investigate the stable flux line lattice (FLL) for a field applied to the fourfold axis, i.e., H\\parallel [001] in cubic Nb. The observed FLL transformation along Hc2 is almost perfectly explained without using adjustable parameter, including the tilted square, scalene triangle with broken mirror symmetry, and isosceles triangle lattices upon increasing T. We construct a minimum Fermi surface model to understand such morphologies, particularly the stability of the scalene triangle lattice attributed to the lack of mirror symmetry about the Fermi velocity maximum direction in k-space.

  19. Chiral symmetry breaking in a microring optical cavity by engineered dissipation

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    Shu, Fang-Jie; Zou, Chang-Ling; Zou, Xu-Bo; Yang, Lan

    2016-07-01

    We propose a method to break the chiral symmetry of light in traveling wave resonators by coupling the optical modes to a lossy channel. Through the engineered dissipation, an indirect dissipative coupling between two oppositely propagating modes can be realized. Combined with reactive coupling, it can break the chiral symmetry of the resonator, allowing light propagating only in one direction. The chiral symmetry breaking is numerically verified by the simulation of an electromagnetic field in a microring cavity, with proper refractive index distributions. This work provokes us to emphasize the dissipation engineering in photonics, and that the generalized idea can also be applied to other systems.

  20. The flight of the bumblebee: solutions from a vector-induced spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking model

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    Bertolami, Orfeu; Paramos, Jorge

    2006-11-03

    The vacuum solutions arising from a spontaneous breaking of Lorentz symmetry due to the acquisition of a vacuum expectation value by a vector field are derived. These include the purely radial Lorentz symmetry breaking (LSB), radial/temporal LSB and axial/temporal LSB scenarios. It is found that the purely radial LSB case gives rise to new black hole solutions. Whenever possible. Parametrized Post-Newtonian (PPN) parameters are computed and compared to observational bounds, in order to constrain the Lorentz symmetry breaking scale.

  1. Symmetry breaking indication for supergravity inflation in light of the Planck 2015

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    Li, Tianjun; Li, Zhijin; Nanopoulos, Dimitri V.

    2015-09-01

    Supergravity (SUGRA) theories with exact global U(1) symmetry or shift symmetry in Kähler potential provide natural frameworks for inflation. However, quadratic inflation is disfavoured by the new results on primordial tensor fluctuations from the Planck Collaboration. To be consistent with the new Planck data, we point out that the explicit symmetry breaking is needed, and study these two SUGRA inflation in detail. For SUGRA inflation with global U(1) symmetry, the symmetry breaking term leads to a trigonometric modulation on inflaton potential. Coefficient of the U(1) symmetry breaking term is of order 10{sup −2}, which is sufficient large to improve the inflationary predictions while its higher order corrections are negligible. Such models predict sizeable tensor fluctuations and highly agree with the Planck results. In particular, the model with a linear U(1) symmetry breaking term predicts the tensor-to-scalar ratio around r∼0.01 and running spectral index α{sub s}∼−0.004, which comfortably fit with the Planck observations. For SUGRA inflation with breaking shift symmetry, the inflaton potential is modulated by an exponential factor. The modulated linear and quadratic models are consistent with the Planck observations. In both types of models the tensor-to-scalar ratio can be of order 10{sup −2}, which will be tested by the near future observations.

  2. Mirror symmetry & supersymmetry on SU(4)-structure backgrounds

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    Minasian, Ruben; Prins, Daniël

    2016-05-01

    We revisit the backgrounds of type IIB on manifolds with SU(4)-structure and discuss two sets of solutions arising from internal geometries that are complex and symplectic respectively. Both can be realized in terms of generalized complex geometry. We identify a map which relates the complex and symplectic supersymmetric systems. In the semi-flat torus bundle setting this map corresponds to T-duality and suggest a way of extending the mirror transform to non-Kähler geometries.

  3. Crystalline condensates in the chiral symmetry breaking phase diagram

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    Dunne, Gerald V.

    2010-07-27

    The existence of crystalline condensates in the temperature and chemcial potential phase diagram of the Gross-Neveu models can be traced to intricate symmetries of the associated inhomogeneous gap equation, which in turn reflect the form of chiral symmetry (discrete or continuous) that is broken. The gap equation based on the Ginzburg-Landau expansion is precisely the mKdV or AKNS hierarchy of integrable nonlinear equations for the Gross-Neveu model with discrete or continuous chiral symmetry, respectively.

  4. Decoupling and nondecoupling of heavy fermions in theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking

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    Li, Ling-Fong . Dept. of Physics); Cheng, T.P. . Dept. of Physics Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, Shatin . Dept. of Physics)

    1991-01-01

    The validity of the decoupling theorem is discussed in the context of gauge theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking. The presence of large Yukawa couplings which grow with heavy masses is responsible for the violation of decoupling theorem. 7 refs.

  5. Quantum chaos and breaking of all anti-unitary symmetries in Rydberg excitons.

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    Aßmann, Marc; Thewes, Johannes; Fröhlich, Dietmar; Bayer, Manfred

    2016-07-01

    Symmetries are the underlying principles of fundamental interactions in nature. Chaos in a quantum system may emerge from breaking these symmetries. Compared to vacuum, crystals are attractive for studying quantum chaos, as they not only break spatial isotropy, but also lead to novel quasiparticles with modified interactions. Here we study yellow Rydberg excitons in cuprous oxide which couple strongly to the vacuum light field and interact significantly with crystal phonons, leading to inversion symmetry breaking. In a magnetic field, time-reversal symmetry is also broken and the exciton states show a complex splitting pattern, resulting in quadratic level repulsion for small splittings. In contrast to atomic chaotic systems in a magnetic field, which show only a linear level repulsion, this is a signature of a system where all anti-unitary symmetries are broken simultaneously. This behaviour can otherwise be found only for the electro-weak interaction or engineered billiards. PMID:27064527

  6. Fermionic Renormalization Group Flow at All Scales: Breaking a Discrete Symmetry

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    Gersch, Roland; Honerkamp, Carsten; Rohe, Daniel; Metzner, Walter

    2006-07-01

    We extend the functional renormalization group technique in a modi cation of the one-particle irreducible scheme to study discrete symmetry breaking at nite temperature. As an instructive example, we employ the technique to access both the symmetric and the symmetry-broken phase of a charge-density wave mean- eld model. We study the half- lled case, and thus the breaking of a discrete symmetry, at nite temperature. A small external symmetry-breaking eld allows us to access the symmetry-broken state without encountering any divergence in the o w. We show diagrammatically that our method is equivalent to an exact resummation treatment. We numerically study the dependence of the o w on the external eld and on temperature.

  7. Projected Symmetry Breaking in Dipole-Locked ^3He-B

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    Takeuchi, Hiromitsu; Kobayashi, Shingo

    2016-05-01

    We show theoretically that a collision of two superfluid droplets can effectively cause a two-dimensional symmetry breaking phase transition. Three-dimensional nucleation of quantized vortices and/or hedgehogs in the collision are considered the formation of domain walls and/or point vortices due to the Kibble-Zurek mechanism in a projected two-dimensional space. This problem is generally applicable to arbitrarily ordered media that undergo spontaneous breaking of continuous symmetries.

  8. Computer simulation of chiral-symmetry breaking in (2+1)-dimensional QED with N flavors

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    Dagotto, E.; Kogut, J.B.; Kocic, A.

    1989-03-06

    Noncompact quantum electrodynamics in three Euclidean dimensions with N species of four-component Dirac fermions is simulated by lattice-gauge-theory techniques. On an 8/sup 3/ lattice we find chiral-symmetry breaking in the continuum limit for Nless than or equal toN/sub c/ but no symmetry breaking for Ngreater than or equal toN/sub c/, with N/sub c/ = 3.5 +- 0.5. A physical picture of our results is presented.

  9. Modularity, quaternion-Kähler spaces, and mirror symmetry

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    Alexandrov, Sergei; Banerjee, Sibasish

    2013-10-15

    We provide an explicit twistorial construction of quaternion-Kähler manifolds obtained by deformation of c-map spaces and carrying an isometric action of the modular group SL(2,Z). The deformation is not assumed to preserve any continuous isometry and therefore this construction presents a general framework for describing NS5-brane instanton effects in string compactifications with N= 2 supersymmetry. In this context the modular invariant parametrization of twistor lines found in this work yields the complete non-perturbative mirror map between type IIA and type IIB physical fields.

  10. Chiral symmetry of heavy-light scalar mesons with UA(1) symmetry breaking

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    Dmitrašinović, V.

    2012-07-01

    In a previous paper, based on a calculation in the nonrelativistic quark model, we advanced the hypothesis that the Ds(2317), D0(2308) mesons are predominantly four-quark states lowered in mass by the flavor-dependent Kobayashi-Kubo-Maskawa ’t Hooft UA(1) symmetry breaking effective interaction. Here we show similar results and conclusions in a relativistic effective chiral model calculation, based on three-light-quark (i.e., two q plus one q¯) local interpolators. To this end we classify the four-quark (three light plus one heavy quark) local interpolators according to their chiral transformation properties and then construct chiral invariant interactions. We evaluate the diagonal matrix elements of the Kobayashi-Kubo-Maskawa ’t Hooft interaction between different interpolating fields and show that the lowest-lying one is always the (antisymmetric) SU(3)F antitriplet belonging to the chiral (3, 3) multiplet. We predict bottom-strange Bs0 and the bottom-nonstrange B0 scalar mesons with equal masses at 5720 MeV, the strange meson being some 100 MeV lower than in most of the quark potential models. We also predict the JP=1+ bottom-nonstrange B1 and the bottom-strange Bs1 meson masses as 5732 MeV and 5765 MeV, respectively, using the Bardeen-Hill-Nowak-Rho-Zahed scalar-vector mass relation.

  11. Surface-Assisted Cyclodehydrogenation; Break the Symmetry, Enhance the Selectivity.

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    Wiengarten, Alissa; Lloyd, Julian A; Seufert, Knud; Reichert, Joachim; Auwärter, Willi; Han, Runyuan; Duncan, David A; Allegretti, Francesco; Fischer, Sybille; Oh, Seung Cheol; Sağlam, Özge; Jiang, Li; Vijayaraghavan, Saranyan; Écija, David; Papageorgiou, Anthoula C; Barth, Johannes V

    2015-08-24

    Selectivity in chemical reactions is a major objective in industrial processes to minimize spurious byproducts and to save scarce resources. In homogeneous catalysis the most important factor which determines selectivity is structural symmetry. However, a transfer of the symmetry concept to heterogeneous catalysis still requires a detailed comprehension of the underlying processes. Here, we investigate a ring-closing reaction in surface-confined meso-substituted porphyrin molecules by scanning tunneling microscopy, temperature-programmed desorption, and computational modeling. The identification of reaction intermediates enables us to analyze the reaction pathway and to conclude that the symmetry of the porphyrin core is of pivotal importance regarding product yields. PMID:26211450

  12. Chiral symmetry breaking by spatial confinement in tactoidal droplets of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals

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    Tortora, Luana; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2011-01-01

    In many colloidal systems, an orientationally ordered nematic (N) phase emerges from the isotropic (I) melt in the form of spindle-like birefringent tactoids. In cases studied so far, the tactoids always reveal a mirror-symmetric nonchiral structure, sometimes even when the building units are chiral. We report on chiral symmetry breaking in the nematic tactoids formed in molecularly nonchiral polymer-crowded aqueous solutions of low-molecular weight disodium cromoglycate. The parity is broken by twisted packing of self-assembled molecular aggregates within the tactoids as manifested by the observed optical activity. Fluorescent confocal microscopy reveals that the chiral N tactoids are located at the boundaries of cells. We explain the chirality induction as a replacement of energetically costly splay packing of the aggregates within the curved bipolar tactoidal shape with twisted packing. The effect represents a simple pathway of macroscopic chirality induction in an organic system with no molecular chirality, as the only requirements are orientational order and curved shape of confinement. PMID:21402929

  13. Traces of Lorentz symmetry breaking in a hydrogen atom at ground state

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    Borges, L. H. C.; Barone, F. A.

    2016-02-01

    Some traces of a specific Lorentz symmetry breaking scenario in the ground state of the hydrogen atom are investigated. We use standard Rayleigh-Schrödinger perturbation theory in order to obtain the corrections to the ground state energy and the wave function. It is shown that an induced four-pole moment arises, due to the Lorentz symmetry breaking. The model considered is the one studied in Borges et al. (Eur Phys J C 74:2937, 2014), where the Lorentz symmetry is broken in the electromagnetic sector.

  14. Geometric relativistic phase from Lorentz symmetry breaking effects in the cosmic string spacetime

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    Belich, H.; Bakke, K.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the arising of geometric quantum phases in a relativistic quantum dynamics of a Dirac neutral particle from the spontaneous Lorentz symmetry violation effects in the cosmic string spacetime. We started by the Dirac equation in an effective metric, and we have observed a relativistic geometric phase which stems from the topology of the cosmic string spacetime and an intrinsic Lorentz symmetry breaking effects. It is shown that both Lorentz symmetry breaking effects and the topology of the defect yields a phase shift in the wave function of the nonrelativistic spin-1/2 particle.

  15. Spontaneous PT symmetry breaking of a ferromagnetic superfluid in a gradient field

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    Vanderbruggen, T.; Palacios Álvarez, Silvana; Coop, S.; Martinez de Escobar, N.; Mitchell, M. W.

    2015-09-01

    We consider the interaction of a ferromagnetic spinor Bose-Einstein condensate with a magnetic-field gradient. The magnetic-field gradient realizes a spin-position coupling that explicitly breaks time-reversal symmetry T and space parity P , but preserves the combined PT symmetry. We observe, using numerical simulations, a phase transition spontaneously breaking this remaining symmetry. The transition to a low-gradient phase, in which gradient effects are frozen out by the ferromagnetic interaction, suggests the possibility of high-coherence magnetic sensors unaffected by gradient dephasing.

  16. Variational Approach to Interfaces in Random Media: Negative Variances and Replica Symmetry Breaking

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    Saakian, D. B.; Nieuwenhuizen, Th. M.

    1997-12-01

    A Gaussian variational approximation is often used to study interfaces in random media. By considering the 1+1 dimensional directed polymer in a random medium, it is shown here that the variational Ansatz typically leads to a negative variance of the free energy. The situation improves by taking into account more and more steps of replica symmetry breaking. For infinite order breaking the variance is zero (i.e. subextensive). This situation is reminiscent of the negative entropies in mean field spin glass models, which were also eliminated by considering infinite order replica symmetry breaking.

  17. Searching for hidden mirror symmetries in CMB fluctuations from WMAP 7 year maps

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    Finelli, Fabio; Gruppuso, Alessandro; Starobinsky, Alexey A. E-mail: gruppuso@iasfbo.inaf.it E-mail: alstar@landau.ac.ru

    2012-07-01

    We search for hidden mirror symmetries at large angular scales in the WMAP 7 year Internal Linear Combination map of CMB temperature anisotropies using global pixel based estimators introduced for this aim. Two different axes are found for which the CMB intensity pattern is anomalously symmetric (or anti-symmetric) under reflection with respect to orthogonal planes at the 99.84(99.96)% CL (confidence level), if compared to a result for an arbitrary axis in simulations without the symmetry. We have verified that our results are robust to the introduction of the galactic mask. The direction of such axes is close to the CMB kinematic dipole and nearly orthogonal to the ecliptic plane, respectively. If instead the real data are compared to those in simulations taken with respect to planes for which the maximal mirror symmetry is generated by chance, the confidence level decreases to 92.39(76.65)%. But when the effect in question translates into the anomalous alignment between normals to planes of maximal mirror (anti)-symmetry and these natural axes mentioned. We also introduce the representation of the above estimators in the harmonic domain, confirming the results obtained in the pixel one. The symmetry anomaly is shown to be almost entirely due to low multipoles, so it may have a cosmological and even primordial origin. Contrary, the anti-symmetry one is mainly due to intermediate multipoles that probably suggests its non-fundamental nature. We have demonstrated that these anomalies are not connected to the known issue of the low variance in WMAP observations and we have checked that axially symmetric parts of these anomalies are small, so that the axes are not the symmetry ones.

  18. Infra-red fixed point structure characterising SUSY SU(5) symmetry breaking

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    Allanach, B. C.; Amelino-Camelia, G.; Philipsen, O.

    1997-02-01

    We analyze the one-loop renormalisation group equations for the parameters of the Higgs potential of a supersymmetric SU(5) model with first step of symmetry breaking involving an adjoint Higgs. In particular, we investigate the running of the parameters that decide the first step of symmetry breaking in an attempt to establish which symmetry-breaking scenarios would be most likely if the model is the effective low-energy description of some more fundamental theory. An infra-red fixed point is identified analytically. We show that it is located at the boundary between the region of Higgs parameter space corresponding to unbroken SU(5) and the region corresponding to the breaking of SU(5) to the Standard Model, and we elaborate on its implications. We also observe that certain forms of the Higgs potential discussed at tree level in the literature are not renormalisation group invariant.

  19. A UV-complete Composite Higgs model for Electroweak Symmetry Breaking: Minimal Conformal Technicolor

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    Tacchi, Ruggero Altair

    The Large Hadron Collider is currently collecting data. One of the main goals of the experiment is to find evidence of the mechanism responsible for the breaking of the electroweak symmetry. There are many different models attempting to explain this breaking and traditionally most of them involve the use of supersymmetry near the scale of the breaking. This work is focused on exploring a viable model that is not based on a weakly coupled low scale supersymmetry sector to explain the electroweak symmetry breaking. We build a model based on a new strong interaction, in the fashion of theories commonly called "technicolor", name that is reminiscent of one of the first attempts of explaining the electroweak symmetry breaking using a strong interaction similar to the one whose charges are called colors. We explicitly study the minimal model of conformal technicolor, an SU(2) gauge theory near a strongly coupled conformal fixed point, with conformal symmetry softly broken by technifermion mass terms. Conformal symmetry breaking triggers chiral symmetry breaking in the pattern SU(4) → Sp (4), which gives rise to a pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone boson that can act as a composite Higgs boson. There is an additional composite pseudoscalar A with mass larger than mh and suppressed direct production at LHC. We discuss the electroweak fit in this model in detail. A good fit requires fine tuning at the 10% level. We construct a complete, realistic, and natural UV completion of the model, that explains the origin of quark and lepton masses and mixing angles. We embed conformal technicolor in a supersymmetric theory, with supersymmetry broken at a high scale. The effective theory below the supersymmetry breaking scale is minimal conformal technicolor with an additional light technicolor gaugino that might give rise to an additional pseudo Nambu-Goldstone boson that is observable at the LHC.

  20. Parity-time-symmetry breaking in two-dimensional photonic crystals: Square lattice

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    Mock, Adam

    2016-06-01

    We consider theoretically materials whose electromagnetic properties possess parity-time (PT ) symmetry and are periodic in two dimensions. When designed for optical frequencies such structures are commonly known as two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystals. With the addition of PT symmetry the optical modes of 2D photonic crystals exhibit thresholdless spontaneous PT -symmetry breaking near the Brillouin zone boundary, which is analogous to what has previously been studied in PT -symmetric structures with one-dimensional periodicity. Consistent with previous work, we find that spontaneous PT -symmetry breaking occurs at band crossings in the photonic dispersion diagram. Due to the extra spatial degree of freedom in 2D periodic systems, their band structures contain more band crossings and higher-order degeneracies than their one-dimensional counterparts. This work provides a comprehensive theoretical analysis of spontaneous PT -symmetry breaking at these points in the band structure. We find that, as in the case of one-dimensional structures, photonic band gaps exist at k =0 . We also find that at points of degeneracy with order higher than 2, bands merge pairwise to form broken-PT -symmetry supermodes. If the degeneracy order is even, this means multiple pairs of bands can form distinct (nondegenerate) broken-symmetry supermodes. If the order of degeneracy is odd, at least one of the bands will have protected PT symmetry. At other points of degeneracy, we find that the PT symmetry of the modes may be protected and we provide a spatial mode symmetry argument to explain this behavior. Finally, we identify a point at which two broken-PT -symmetry supermodes become degenerate, creating a point of fourfold degeneracy in the broken-PT -symmetry regime.

  1. Mirror symmetry, D-brane superpotentials and Ooguri-Vafa invariants of Calabi-Yau manifolds

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    Zhang, Shan-Shan; Yang, Fu-Zhong

    2015-12-01

    The D-brane superpotential is very important in the low energy effective theory. As the generating function of all disk instantons from the worldsheet point of view, it plays a crucial role in deriving some important properties of the compact Calabi-Yau manifolds. By using the generalized GKZ hypergeometric system, we will calculate the D-brane superpotentials of two non-Fermat type compact Calabi-Yau hypersurfaces in toric varieties, respectively. Then according to the mirror symmetry, we obtain the A-model superpotentials and the Ooguri-Vafa invariants for the mirror Calabi-Yau manifolds. Supported by Y4JT01VJ01 and NSFC(11475178)

  2. Topological Insulators and Nematic Phases from Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in

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    Sun, K.

    2010-05-26

    We investigate the stability of a quadratic band-crossing point (QBCP) in 2D fermionic systems. At the non-interacting level, we show that a QBCP exists and is topologically stable for a Berry flux {-+}2{pi}, if the point symmetry group has either fourfold or sixfold rotational symmetries. This putative topologically stable free-fermion QBCP is marginally unstable to arbitrarily weak shortrange repulsive interactions. We consider both spinless and spin-1/2 fermions. Four possible ordered states result: a quantum anomalous Hall phase, a quantum spin Hall phase, a nematic phase, and a nematic-spin-nematic phase.

  3. Performance improvements of symmetry-breaking reflector structures in nonimaging devices

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    Winston, Roland

    2004-01-13

    A structure and method for providing a broken symmetry reflector structure for a solar concentrator device. The component of the optical direction vector along the symmetry axis is conserved for all rays propagated through a translationally symmetric optical device. This quantity, referred to as the translational skew invariant, is conserved in rotationally symmetric optical systems. Performance limits for translationally symmetric nonimaging optical devices are derived from the distributions of the translational skew invariant for the optical source and for the target to which flux is to be transferred. A numerically optimized non-tracking solar concentrator utilizing symmetry-breaking reflector structures can overcome the performance limits associated with translational symmetry.

  4. Dissipation-Induced Symmetry Breaking in a Driven Optical Lattice

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    Gommers, R.; Bergamini, S.; Renzoni, F.

    2005-08-12

    We analyze the atomic dynamics in an ac driven periodic optical potential which is symmetric in both time and space. We experimentally demonstrate that in the presence of dissipation the symmetry is broken, and a current of atoms through the optical lattice is generated as a result.

  5. Features of electroweak symmetry breaking in five dimensional SUSY models

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    Lalak, Zygmunt; Lewicki, Marek; McGarrie, Moritz; Olszewski, Pawel

    2015-11-01

    We explore the phenomenological predictions of a supersymmetric standard model, with a large extra dimension and unifying gauge couplings. The modified five dimensional renormalisation group equations make it possible to obtain light, maximally mixed stops, with a low scale of supersymmetry breaking and a low unification scale. This allows the fine-tuning to be lowered right down to the barrier coming directly from experimental lower limits on the stop masses. We also show that modifying the SUSY breaking pattern to obtain lighter stops at the high scale does not result in fine-tuning relaxation, and only RGE effects turn out to be effective in generating a lower fine-tuning.

  6. Breaking an Abelian gauge symmetry near a black hole horizon

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    Gubser, Steven S.

    2008-09-15

    I argue that coupling the Abelian Higgs model to gravity plus a negative cosmological constant leads to black holes which spontaneously break the gauge invariance via a charged scalar condensate slightly outside their horizon. This suggests that black holes can superconduct.

  7. Dynamical Lorentz symmetry breaking in 3D and charge fractionalization

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    Charneski, B.; Gomes, M.; Silva, A. J. da; Mariz, T.; Nascimento, J. R.

    2009-03-15

    We analyze the breaking of Lorentz invariance in a 3D model of fermion fields self-coupled through four-fermion interactions. The low-energy limit of the theory contains various submodels which are similar to those used in the study of graphene or in the description of irrational charge fractionalization.

  8. Local sublattice symmetry breaking for graphene with a centrosymmetric deformation

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    Schneider, M.; Faria, D.; Viola Kusminskiy, S.; Sandler, N.

    2015-04-01

    We calculate the local density of states (LDOS) for an infinite graphene sheet with a single centrosymmetric out-of-plane deformation, in order to investigate measurable strain signatures on graphene. We focus on the regime of small deformations and show that the strain-induced pseudomagnetic field induces an imbalance of the LDOS between the two triangular graphene sublattices in the region of the deformation. Real-space imaging reveals a characteristic sixfold symmetry pattern where the sublattice symmetry is broken within each fold, consistent with experimental and tight-binding observations. The open geometry we study allows us to make use of the usual continuum model of graphene and to obtain results independent of boundary conditions. We provide an analytic perturbative expression for the contrast between the LDOS of each sublattice, showing a scaling law as a function of the amplitude and width of the deformation. We confirm our results by a numerically exact iterative scattering matrix method.

  9. Higgs-like mechanism for spontaneous spacetime symmetry breaking

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    Nishimura, Kimihide

    2015-10-01

    The study of spontaneous breakdown of spacetime symmetries leads to the discovery of another type of Higgs mechanism operating in a chiral SU(2) model. Some of the Nambu-Goldstone vector mesons emergent from simultaneous violations of gauge and Lorentz symmetries are, in this case, absorbed by a left-handed doublet and endow one of the fermions with a right-handed state, while another part becomes emergent as photons. Accordingly, this mechanism allows a chiral fermion to acquire a mass, and it may enable the emergent theory to reproduce the electromagnetism equivalent to the QED sector in the standard theory. It is also mentioned that the "fermion-boson puzzle" known in the presence of a 't Hooft-Polyakov monopole does not exist in our theory.

  10. Two symmetry-breaking mechanisms for the development of orientation selectivity in a neural system

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    Cho, Myoung Won; Chun, Min Young

    2015-11-01

    Orientation selectivity is a remarkable feature of the neurons located in the primary visual cortex. Provided that the visual neurons acquire orientation selectivity through activity-dependent Hebbian learning, the development process could be understood as a kind of symmetry-breaking phenomenon in the view of physics. This paper examines the key mechanisms of the orientation selectivity development process. Be found that at least two different mechanisms, which lead to the development of orientation selectivity by breaking the radial symmetry in receptive fields. The first is a simultaneous symmetry-breaking mechanism occurring based on the competition between neighboring neurons, and the second is a spontaneous one occurring based on the nonlinearity in interactions. Only the second mechanism leads to the formation of a columnar pattern whose characteristics is in accord with those observed in an animal experiment.

  11. Symmetry breaking field in UPt3 and connection to superfluid 3He

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    Halperin, William

    The multiple superconducting phases of UPt3 in its temperature-field phase diagram are a strong indication of its unconventional order parameter. It is generally accepted that such a complex phase diagram with 3 different vortex phases are nearly degenerate, and would be so, except for the presence of a symmetry breaking field attributed to antiferromagnetism which appears at a temperature an order of magnitude higher than the superconducting transition. I propose an alternative mechanism where the symmetry breaking field can be, in large part, ascribed to anisotropic electronic scattering from stacking faults. The success of the theory in accounting for stabilization of anisotropic phases of superfluid 3He in globally anisotropic aerogel suggests a similar consequence from anisotropic quasiparticle scattering in UPt3. Specific heat measurements indicate that the temperature window of the more anisotropic A-phase, a direct measure of the strength of the symmetry breaking field, decreases systematically with fewer stacking faults NSF DMR-1103625.

  12. Gravitational catalysis of chiral and color symmetry breaking of quark matter in hyperbolic space

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    Ebert, D.; Tyukov, A. V.; Zhukovsky, V. Ch.

    2009-10-15

    We study the dynamical breaking of chiral and color symmetries of dense quark matter in the ultrastatic hyperbolic spacetime R x H{sup 3} in the framework of an extended Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model. On the basis of analytical expressions for chiral and color condensates as functions of curvature and temperature, the phenomenon of dimensional reduction and gravitational catalysis of symmetry breaking in strong gravitational field is demonstrated in the regime of weak coupling constants. In the case of strong couplings it is shown that curvature leads to small corrections to the flat-space values of condensate and thus enhances the symmetry breaking effects. Finally, using numerical calculations phase transitions under the influence of chemical potential and negative curvature are considered and the phase portrait of the system is constructed.

  13. Evidence for a new symmetry breaking mechanism reorienting quantum Hall nematics

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    Shi, Q.; Zudov, M. A.; Watson, J. D.; Gardner, G. C.; Manfra, M. J.

    2016-03-01

    We report on the effect of in-plane magnetic field B∥ on stripe phases in higher (N =2 ,3 ) Landau levels of a high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas. In accord with previous studies, we find that a modest B∥ applied parallel to the native stripes aligns them perpendicular to it. However, upon further increase of B∥, stripes are reoriented back to their native direction. Remarkably, applying B∥ perpendicular to the native stripes also aligns stripes parallel to it. Thus, regardless of the initial orientation of stripes with respect to B∥, stripes are ultimately aligned parallel to B∥. These findings provide evidence for a B∥-induced symmetry-breaking mechanism which challenge current understanding of the role of B∥ and should be taken into account when determining the strength of the native symmetry-breaking potential. Finally, our results might indicate nontrivial coupling between the native and external symmetry-breaking fields, which has not yet been theoretically considered.

  14. A new dynamics of electroweak symmetry breaking with classically scale invariance

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    Haba, Naoyuki; Ishida, Hiroyuki; Kitazawa, Noriaki; Yamaguchi, Yuya

    2016-04-01

    We propose a new dynamics of the electroweak symmetry breaking in a classically scale invariant version of the standard model. The scale invariance is broken by the condensations of additional fermions under a strong coupling dynamics. The electroweak symmetry breaking is triggered by negative mass squared of the elementary Higgs doublet, which is dynamically generated through the bosonic seesaw mechanism. We introduce a real pseudo-scalar singlet field interacting with additional fermions and Higgs doublet in order to avoid massless Nambu-Goldstone bosons from the chiral symmetry breaking in a strong coupling sector. We investigate the mass spectra and decay rates of these pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone bosons, and show they can decay fast enough without cosmological problems. We further show that our model can make the electroweak vacuum stable.

  15. Effective field theory of emergent symmetry breaking in deformed atomic nuclei

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    Papenbrock, Thomas F.; Weidenmüller, H. A.

    2015-09-03

    Spontaneous symmetry breaking in non-relativistic quantum systems has previously been addressed in the framework of effective field theory. Low-lying excitations are constructed from Nambu–Goldstone modes using symmetry arguments only. In this study, we extend that approach to finite systems. The approach is very general. To be specific, however, we consider atomic nuclei with intrinsically deformed ground states. The emergent symmetry breaking in such systems requires the introduction of additional degrees of freedom on top of the Nambu–Goldstone modes. Symmetry arguments suffice to construct the low-lying states of the system. Lastly, in deformed nuclei these are vibrational modes each of which serves as band head of a rotational band.

  16. Effective field theory of emergent symmetry breaking in deformed atomic nuclei

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    Papenbrock, Thomas F.; Weidenmüller, H. A.

    2015-09-03

    Spontaneous symmetry breaking in non-relativistic quantum systems has previously been addressed in the framework of effective field theory. Low-lying excitations are constructed from Nambu–Goldstone modes using symmetry arguments only. In this study, we extend that approach to finite systems. The approach is very general. To be specific, however, we consider atomic nuclei with intrinsically deformed ground states. The emergent symmetry breaking in such systems requires the introduction of additional degrees of freedom on top of the Nambu–Goldstone modes. Symmetry arguments suffice to construct the low-lying states of the system. Lastly, in deformed nuclei these are vibrational modes each of whichmore » serves as band head of a rotational band.« less

  17. Phase Separation on Bicontinuous Cubic Membranes: Symmetry Breaking, Reentrant, and Domain Faceting

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    Paillusson, Fabien; Pennington, Matthew R.; Kusumaatmaja, Halim

    2016-07-01

    We study the phase separation of binary lipid mixtures that form bicontinuous cubic phases. The competition between the nonuniform Gaussian membrane curvature and line tension leads to a very rich phase diagram, where we observe symmetry breaking of the membrane morphologies and reentrant phenomena due to the formation of bridges between segregated domains. Upon increasing the line tension contribution, we also find faceting of lipid domains that we explain using a simple argument based on the symmetry of the underlying surface and topology.

  18. Cosmological baryon-number domain structure from symmetry breaking in grand unified field theories

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    Brown, R. W.; Stecker, F. W.

    1979-01-01

    It is suggested that grand unified field theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking in the very early big bang can lead more naturally to a baryon-symmetric cosmology with a domain structure than to a totally baryon-asymmetric cosmology. The symmetry is broken in a randomized manner in causally independent domains, favoring neither a baryon nor an antibaryon excess on a universal scale. Arguments in favor of this cosmology and observational tests are discussed.

  19. Cosmological baryon number domain structure from symmetry-breaking in grand unified field theories

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    Brown, R. W.; Stecker, F. W.

    1979-01-01

    It is suggested that grand unified field theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking in the very early big-bang can lead more naturally to a baryon symmetric cosmology with a domain structure than to a totally baryon asymmetric cosmology. The symmetry is broken in a randomized manner in causally independent domains, favoring neither a baryon nor an antibaryon excess on a universal scale. Arguments in favor of this cosmology and observational tests are discussed.

  20. Symmetry breaking and restoration for interacting scalar and gauge fields in Lifshitz type theories

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    Farakos, K.; Metaxas, D.

    2012-05-01

    We consider the one-loop effective potential at zero and finite temperature in field theories with anisotropic space-time scaling, with critical exponent z = 2, including both scalar and gauge fields. Depending on the relative strength of the coupling constants for the gauge and scalar interactions, we find that there is a symmetry breaking term induced at one loop at zero temperature and we find symmetry restoration through a first-order phase transition at high temperature.

  1. Consequences of vacuum polarization on electromagnetic waves in a Lorentz-symmetry breaking scenario

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    Agostini, B.; Barone, F. A.; Barone, F. E.; Gaete, Patricio; Helayël-Neto, J. A.

    2012-02-01

    The propagation of electromagnetic waves in a Lorentz-symmetry violating scenario is investigated in connection with non-linear (photon self-interacting) terms induced by quantum effects. It turns out that the photon field acquires an interesting polarization state and, from our calculations of phase and group velocities, we contemplate different scenarios with physically realizable magnetic fields and identify situations where non-linearity effects dominate over Lorentz-symmetry breaking ones and vice versa.

  2. Symmetry breaking in O4(+): An application of the Brueckner coupled-cluster method

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    Barnes, Leslie A.; Lindh, Roland

    1994-01-01

    A recent calculation of the antisymmetric stretch frequency for the rectangular structure of quartet O4(+) using the singles and doubles quadratic configuration interaction method with a perturbational estimate of connected triple excitations (QCISD(T)) method gave a value of 3710 cm(exp -1). This anomalous frequency is shown to be a consequence of symmetry breaking effects, which occur even though the QCISD(T) solution derived from a delocalized SCF reference function lies energetically well below the two localized (symmetry-broken) solutions at the equilibrium geometry. The symmetry breaking is almost eliminated at the CCSD level of theory, but the small remaining symmetry breaking effects are magnified at the CCSD(T) level of theory so that the antisymmetric stretch frequency is still significantly in error. The use of the Brueckner coupled cluster method, however, leads to a symmetrical solution which is free of symmetry breaking effects, with an antisymmetric stretch frequency of 1322 cm(exp -1), in good agreement with our earlier calculations using the complete active space self consistent field/complete active space state interaction (CASSCF/CASSI) method.

  3. Competition between the symmetry breaking and onset of collapse in weakly coupled atomic condensates

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    Salasnich, L.; Malomed, B. A.; Toigo, F.

    2010-04-01

    We analyze the symmetry breaking of matter-wave solitons in a pair of cigar-shaped traps coupled by tunneling of atoms. The model is based on a system of linearly coupled nonpolynomial Schrödinger equations. Unlike the well-known spontaneous-symmetry-breaking (SSB) bifurcation in coupled cubic equations, in the present model the SSB competes with the onset of collapse in this system. Stability regions of symmetric and asymmetric solitons, as well as the collapse region, are identified in the system’s parameter space.

  4. Competition between the symmetry breaking and onset of collapse in weakly coupled atomic condensates

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    Salasnich, L.; Toigo, F.; Malomed, B. A.

    2010-04-15

    We analyze the symmetry breaking of matter-wave solitons in a pair of cigar-shaped traps coupled by tunneling of atoms. The model is based on a system of linearly coupled nonpolynomial Schroedinger equations. Unlike the well-known spontaneous-symmetry-breaking (SSB) bifurcation in coupled cubic equations, in the present model the SSB competes with the onset of collapse in this system. Stability regions of symmetric and asymmetric solitons, as well as the collapse region, are identified in the system's parameter space.

  5. SU(4) symmetry breaking revealed by magneto-optical spectroscopy in epitaxial graphene

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    Tan, Liang Z.; Orlita, Milan; Potemski, Marek; Palmer, James; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walter A.; Louie, Steven G.; Martinez, Gérard

    2015-06-01

    Refined infrared magnetotransmission experiments have been performed in magnetic fields B up to 35 T on a series of multilayer epitaxial graphene samples. Following the main optical transition involving the n =0 Landau level (LL), we observe a new absorption transition increasing in intensity with magnetic fields B ≥26 T. Our analysis shows that this is a signature of the breaking of the SU(4) symmetry of the n =0 LL. Using a quantitative model, we show that the only symmetry-breaking scheme consistent with our experiments is a charge density wave (CDW).

  6. Symmetry break in ferromagnetic electrocrystallization: the interplay between dipolar interactions and Laplacian growth

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    Alves, S. G.; Braga, F. L.; Martins, M. L.

    2007-10-01

    Electrochemical ferromagnetic deposits grown under a planar magnetic field exhibit a striking morphological symmetry breaking. The present paper demonstrate through two-dimensional off-lattice simulations of an extended diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) model that the competition between magnetic dipolar interactions and electric forces can impose locally the experimentally observed angle selection in a two-dimensional extended DLA model. The long-range correlations in the orientation of dipoles interacting with the applied and dipolar fields preserve this order over a macroscopic scale. Hence, the magnetic dipolar interactions alone cannot impose the field-induced symmetry breaking observed in ferromagnetic electrochemical deposition (ECD).

  7. Spontaneous breaking of discrete symmetries in QCD on a small volume

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    Lucini, B.; Patella, A.; Pica, C.

    2007-11-20

    In a compact space with non-trivial cycles, for sufficiently small values of the compact dimensions, charge conjugation (C), spatial reflection (P) and time reversal (J) are spontaneously broken in QCD. The order parameter for the symmetry breaking is the trace of the Wilson line wrapping around the compact dimension, which acquires an imaginary part in the broken phase. We show that a physical signature for the symmetry breaking is a persistent baryonic current wrapping in the compact directions. The existence of such a current is derived analytically at first order in perturbation theory and confirmed in the non-perturbative regime by lattice simulations.

  8. Spontaneous CP symmetry breaking at the electroweak scale

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    Valenzuela, Cristian

    2005-05-01

    We present a top-condensation model in which the CP symmetry is spontaneously broken at the electroweak scale due to the condensation of two composite Higgs doublets. In particular the CP-violating phase of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa quark-mixing matrix is generated. A simpler model where only one quark family is included is also discussed. In this case, for a general four-fermion interaction (G{sub tb}{ne}0), the particle spectrum is the one of the one Higgs doublet model.

  9. Breaking the symmetry for enhanced higher-order mode delocalization

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    Stutzki, Fabian; Jansen, Florian; Jauregui, Cesar; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2014-03-01

    Large-pitch fibers (LPFs) have enabled the current records for average power, pulse energy and pulse peak power in ultra-fast fiber laser systems. In this paper the working principle of LPFs, which is based on higher-order mode delocalization, is numerically analyzed paying special attention to thermal effects and index mismatch. An enhanced design concept is proposed with a reduced symmetry to improve the delocalization of higher-order modes. This enhanced design has been obtained by transferring the most important characteristics of spiral geometries to a common hexagonal lattice.

  10. Geometric engineering, mirror symmetry and 6{d}_{(1,0)}to 4{d}_{(N=2)}

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    Del Zotto, Michele; Vafa, Cumrun; Xie, Dan

    2015-11-01

    We study compactification of 6 dimensional (1,0) theories on T 2. We use geometric engineering of these theories via F-theory and employ mirror symmetry technology to solve for the effective 4d N=2 geometry for a large number of the (1 ,0) theories including those associated with conformal matter. Using this we show that for a given 6d theory we can obtain many inequivalent 4d N=2 SCFTs. Some of these respect the global symmetries of the 6d theory while others exhibit SL(2 , ℤ) duality symmetry inherited from global diffeomorphisms of the T 2. This construction also explains the 6d origin of moduli space of 4d affine ADE quiver theories as flat ADE connections on T 2. Among the resulting 4 d N=2 CFTs we find theories whose vacuum geometry is captured by an LG theory (as opposed to a curve or a local CY geometry). We obtain arbitrary genus curves of class S with punctures from toroidal compactification of (1 , 0) SCFTs where the curve of the class S theory emerges through mirror symmetry. We also show that toroidal compactification of the little string version of these theories can lead to class S theories with no punctures on arbitrary genus Riemann surface.

  11. Axion dark matter in the post-inflationary Peccei-Quinn symmetry breaking scenario

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    Ringwald, Andreas; Saikawa, Ken'ichi

    2016-04-01

    We consider extensions of the Standard Model in which a spontaneously broken global chiral Peccei-Quinn (PQ) symmetry arises as an accidental symmetry of an exact ZN symmetry. For N =9 or 10, this symmetry can protect the accion—the Nambu-Goldstone boson arising from the spontaneous breaking of the accidental PQ symmetry—against semiclassical gravity effects, thus suppressing gravitational corrections to the effective potential, while it can at the same time provide for the small explicit symmetry breaking term needed to make models with domain wall number NDW>1 , such as the popular Dine-Fischler-Srednicki-Zhitnitsky (DFSZ) model (NDW=6 ), cosmologically viable even in the case where spontaneous PQ symmetry breaking occurred after inflation. We find that N =10 DFSZ accions with mass mA≈3.5 - 4.2 meV can account for cold dark matter and simultaneously explain the hints for anomalous cooling of white dwarfs. The proposed helioscope International Axion Observatory—being sensitive to solar DFSZ accions with mass above a few meV—will decisively test this scenario.

  12. Dynamics of non-integrable phases and gauge symmetry breaking

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    Hosotani, Y.

    1989-03-01

    On a multiply-connected space the non-integrable phase factor/ital P/ exp(ig..integral../ital A//sub ..mu..//ital dx//sup ..mu..//r brace/), a path-ordered line integral along anon-contractable loop, becomes a dynamical degree of freedom in gauge theory.The dynamics of such non-integrable phases are examined in detail with themost general boundary condition for gauge fields and fermions. Sometimesthe dynamics of the non-integrable phases compensate the arbitrariness inthe boundary condition imposed, leading to the same physics results. Inother cases the dynamics of the non-integrable phases induce spontaneousbreaking of non-Abelian gauge symmetry. In other words the physically realizedsymmetry of the system differs from, and can be either greater or smaller than,the symmetry of the boundary condition. The effective potential for thenon-integrable phases in the /ital SU/(/ital N/) gauge theory on/ital S//sup 1//direct product//ital R//sup 1/ital d//minus/2/is computed in the one-loop approximation. It is shown that the gauge symmetryis dynamically broken in the presence of fermions in the adjoint representation,depending on the value of the boundary condition parameter./copyright/ 1989 Academic Press, Inc.

  13. Universal routes to spontaneous PT-symmetry breaking in non-Hermitian quantum systems

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    Schomerus, Henning

    2011-03-01

    PT-symmetric systems can have a real spectrum even when their Hamiltonian is non-Hermitian, but develop a complex spectrum when the degree of non-Hermiticity increases. Here we utilize random-matrix theory to show that this spontaneous PT-symmetry breaking can occur via two distinct mechanisms, whose predominance is associated to different universality classes. Present optical experiments fall into the orthogonal class, where symmetry-induced level crossings render the characteristic absorption rate independent of the coupling strength between the symmetry-related parts of the system.

  14. Universal routes to spontaneous PT-symmetry breaking in non-Hermitian quantum systems

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    Schomerus, Henning

    2011-03-15

    PT-symmetric systems can have a real spectrum even when their Hamiltonian is non-Hermitian, but develop a complex spectrum when the degree of non-Hermiticity increases. Here we utilize random-matrix theory to show that this spontaneous PT-symmetry breaking can occur via two distinct mechanisms, whose predominance is associated to different universality classes. Present optical experiments fall into the orthogonal class, where symmetry-induced level crossings render the characteristic absorption rate independent of the coupling strength between the symmetry-related parts of the system.

  15. Gauging MSSM global symmetries and SUSY breaking in de Sitter vacuum

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    Antoniadis, I.; Knoops, R.

    2016-02-01

    We elaborate on a recent study of a model of supersymmetry breaking we proposed recently, in the presence of a tunable positive cosmological constant, based on a gauged shift symmetry of a string modulus, external to the Standard Model (SM) sector. Here, we identify this symmetry with a global symmetry of the SM and work out the corresponding phenomenology. A particularly attracting possibility is to use a combination of Baryon and Lepton number that contains the known matter parity and guarantees absence of dimension-four and -five operators that violate B and L.

  16. Symmetry breaking in drop bouncing on curved surfaces

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    Liu, Yahua; Andrew, Matthew; Li, Jing; Yeomans, Julia M.; Wang, Zuankai

    2015-01-01

    The impact of liquid drops on solid surfaces is ubiquitous in nature, and of practical importance in many industrial processes. A drop hitting a flat surface retains a circular symmetry throughout the impact process. Here we show that a drop impinging on Echevaria leaves exhibits asymmetric bouncing dynamics with distinct spreading and retraction along two perpendicular directions. This is a direct consequence of the cylindrical leaves that have a convex/concave architecture of size comparable to the drop. Systematic experimental investigations on mimetic surfaces and lattice Boltzmann simulations reveal that this novel phenomenon results from an asymmetric momentum and mass distribution that allows for preferential fluid pumping around the drop rim. The asymmetry of the bouncing leads to ∼40% reduction in contact time. PMID:26602170

  17. Symmetry breaking in drop bouncing on curved surfaces.

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    Liu, Yahua; Andrew, Matthew; Li, Jing; Yeomans, Julia M; Wang, Zuankai

    2015-01-01

    The impact of liquid drops on solid surfaces is ubiquitous in nature, and of practical importance in many industrial processes. A drop hitting a flat surface retains a circular symmetry throughout the impact process. Here we show that a drop impinging on Echevaria leaves exhibits asymmetric bouncing dynamics with distinct spreading and retraction along two perpendicular directions. This is a direct consequence of the cylindrical leaves that have a convex/concave architecture of size comparable to the drop. Systematic experimental investigations on mimetic surfaces and lattice Boltzmann simulations reveal that this novel phenomenon results from an asymmetric momentum and mass distribution that allows for preferential fluid pumping around the drop rim. The asymmetry of the bouncing leads to ∼40% reduction in contact time. PMID:26602170

  18. Color Rendering Plasmonic Aluminum Substrates with Angular Symmetry Breaking.

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    Duempelmann, Luc; Casari, Daniele; Luu-Dinh, Angélique; Gallinet, Benjamin; Novotny, Lukas

    2015-12-22

    We fabricate and characterize large-area plasmonic substrates that feature asymmetric periodic nanostructures made of aluminum. Strong coupling between localized and propagating plasmon resonances leads to characteristic Fano line shapes with tunable spectral positions and widths. Distinctive colors spanning the entire visible spectrum are generated by tuning the system parameters, such as the period and the length of the aluminum structures. Moreover, the asymmetry of the aluminum structures gives rise to a strong symmetry broken color rendering effect, for which colors are observed only from one side of the surface normal. Using a combination of immersed laser interference lithography and nanoimprint lithography, our color rendering structures can be fabricated on areas many inches in size. We foresee applications in anticounterfeiting, photovoltaics, sensing, displays, and optical security. PMID:26498131

  19. Symmetry breaking in drop bouncing on curved surfaces

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    Liu, Yahua; Andrew, Matthew; Li, Jing; Yeomans, Julia M.; Wang, Zuankai

    2015-11-01

    The impact of liquid drops on solid surfaces is ubiquitous in nature, and of practical importance in many industrial processes. A drop hitting a flat surface retains a circular symmetry throughout the impact process. Here we show that a drop impinging on Echevaria leaves exhibits asymmetric bouncing dynamics with distinct spreading and retraction along two perpendicular directions. This is a direct consequence of the cylindrical leaves that have a convex/concave architecture of size comparable to the drop. Systematic experimental investigations on mimetic surfaces and lattice Boltzmann simulations reveal that this novel phenomenon results from an asymmetric momentum and mass distribution that allows for preferential fluid pumping around the drop rim. The asymmetry of the bouncing leads to ~40% reduction in contact time.

  20. UNIVERSALITY OF PHASE TRANSITION DYNAMICS: TOPOLOGICAL DEFECTS FROM SYMMETRY BREAKING

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    Zurek, Wojciech H.; Del Campo, Adolfo

    2014-02-13

    In the course of a non-equilibrium continuous phase transition, the dynamics ceases to be adiabatic in the vicinity of the critical point as a result of the critical slowing down (the divergence of the relaxation time in the neighborhood of the critical point). This enforces a local choice of the broken symmetry and can lead to the formation of topological defects. The Kibble-Zurek mechanism (KZM) was developed to describe the associated nonequilibrium dynamics and to estimate the density of defects as a function of the quench rate through the transition. During recent years, several new experiments investigating formation of defects in phase transitions induced by a quench both in classical and quantum mechanical systems were carried out. At the same time, some established results were called into question. We review and analyze the Kibble-Zurek mechanism focusing in particular on this surge of activity, and suggest possible directions for further progress.

  1. Chiral-symmetry breaking and confinement in Minkowski space

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    Biernat, Elmar P.; Peña, M. T.; Ribeiro, J. E.; Stadler, Alfred; Gross, Franz

    2016-01-01

    We present a model for the quark-antiquark interaction formulated in Minkowski space using the Covariant Spectator Theory. The quark propagators are dressed with the same kernel that describes the interaction between different quarks. By applying the axial-vector Ward-Takahashi identity we show that our model satisfies the Adler-zero constraint imposed by chiral symmetry. For this model, our Minkowski-space results of the dressed quark mass function are compared to lattice QCD data obtained in Euclidean space. The mass function is then used in the calculation of the electromagnetic pion form factor in relativistic impulse approximation, and the results are presented and compared with the experimental data from JLab.

  2. Noise regulation and symmetry breaking during vertebrate body elongation

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    Emonet, Thierry; Das, Dipjyoti; Holley, Scott A.

    Elongation of the vertebrate body axis is driven by collective cell migration and cell proliferation at the posteriorly advancing embryonic tailbud. Within the Zebrafish tailbud an ordered stream of cells symmetrically bifurcates to form the left and right halves of the presomitic mesoderm. Maintaining bilateral symmetry during this process is critical to avoid catastrophic spine deformation. Using direct comparison between experimental data and a simple model of cell migration we identified the dynamic regulation of the noise in the direction of motion of individual cells as a critical factor in maintaining symmetric cell flow. Genetic perturbations that reduced noise led to body axis deformation whereas an increase in noise led to retarded elongation as predicted by our model.

  3. Dark Matter and neutrino masses from global U(1) B - L symmetry breaking

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    Lindner, Manfred; Schmidt, Daniel; Schwetz, Thomas

    2011-11-01

    We present a scenario where neutrino masses and Dark Matter are related due to a global U(1) B - L symmetry. Specifically we consider neutrino mass generation via the Zee-Babu two-loop mechanism, augmented by a scalar singlet whose VEV breaks the global U(1) B - L symmetry. In order to obtain a Dark Matter candidate we introduce two Standard Model singlet fermions. They form a Dirac particle and are stable because of a remnant Z2 symmetry. Hence, in this model the stability of Dark Matter follows from the global U(1) B - L symmetry. We discuss the Dark Matter phenomenology of the model, and compare it to similar models based on gauged U(1) B - L. We argue that in contrast to the gauged versions, the model based on the global symmetry does not suffer from severe constraints from Z‧ searches.

  4. General relativity as the effective theory of GL(4,R) spontaneous symmetry breaking

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    Tomboulis, E. T.

    2011-10-15

    We assume a GL(4,R) space-time symmetry which is spontaneously broken to SO(3,1). We carry out the coset construction of the effective theory for the nonlinearly realized broken symmetry in terms of the Goldstone fields and matter fields transforming linearly under the unbroken Lorentz subgroup. We then identify functions of the Goldstone and matter fields that transform linearly also under the broken symmetry. Expressed in terms of these quantities the effective theory reproduces the vierbein formalism of general relativity with general coordinate invariance being automatically realized nonlinearly over GL(4,R). The coset construction makes no assumptions about any underlying theory that might be responsible for the assumed symmetry breaking. We give a brief discussion of the possibility of field theories with GL(4,R) rather than Lorentz space-time symmetry providing the underlying dynamics.

  5. Mirror symmetry of the crust in the oil/gas region of Shengli, China

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    Yang, Liqiang; Badal, José

    2013-12-01

    The concept of mirror-image symmetry describes the correlation between the bottom of a sedimentary basin and the top of the underlying mantle. The degree of mirror symmetry is analyzed here using thickness data from Mesozoic-Cenozoic sedimentary basins and the Moho depth, with the purpose of investigating the implications for tectonics and exploratory practices in oil/gas-bearing basins. Our attention is focused on different tectonic elements of a multi-scale tectonic partition in the oil/gas region of Shengli, southeast of Bohai Bay, China. By applying standard least-squares analysis methods to both datasets, we obtained the average thickness h of the consolidated crust and the mirror symmetry factor a for every tectonic unit, thereby allowing us to explore the correlation between the bottom depth of a sedimentary basin and the top of the underlying mantle. A detailed analysis of data uncertainties and their potential effects led to small fluctuations of h and a within a narrow band around the mean values of 33.26 km and -1.43, respectively; thus, the results can be considered valid if they are constrained by these error bounds. The issues of crust-mantle interaction and the deviation of the crust from isostatic equilibrium are also addressed for their tectonic implications. Other structural parameters related to the deep-rooted crust beneath the tectonic elements that make up the study region, such as the ratio R of the thickness of the consolidated crust to the absolute value of the symmetry factor, the ratio k of the maximum sediment thickness to the maximum uplift of the mantle, and the product kh, are also evaluated for their implications in geophysical prospecting. The symmetry signature of the crust is compared to the symmetry of other sedimentary basins in China and in the world, suggesting symmetry as a feasible prognostic tool in exploration for oil/gas reservoirs. The key result is that those locations where oil/gas reservoirs have been found to date

  6. Spontaneous Time Symmetry Breaking in System with Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium: Evidences in Experimental Economics Data

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    Wang, Zhijian; Xu, Bin; Zhejiang Collaboration

    2011-03-01

    In social science, laboratory experiment with human subjects' interaction is a standard test-bed for studying social processes in micro level. Usually, as in physics, the processes near equilibrium are suggested as stochastic processes with time-reversal symmetry (TRS). To the best of our knowledge, near equilibrium, the breaking time symmetry, as well as the existence of robust time anti-symmetry processes, has not been reported clearly in experimental economics till now. By employing Markov transition method to analysis the data from human subject 2x2 Games with wide parameters and mixed Nash equilibrium, we study the time symmetry of the social interaction process near Nash equilibrium. We find that, the time symmetry is broken, and there exists a robust time anti-symmetry processes. We also report the weight of the time anti-symmetry processes in the total processes of each the games. Evidences in laboratory marketing experiments, at the same time, are provided as one-dimension cases. In these cases, time anti-symmetry cycles can also be captured. The proposition of time anti-symmetry processes is small, but the cycles are distinguishable.

  7. PT symmetry breaking and nonlinear optical isolation in coupled microcavities

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    Zhou, Xin; Chong, Y. D.

    2016-04-01

    We perform a theoretical study of nonlinear optical isolator devices based on coupled microcavities with gain and loss. Using coupled-mode theory, we derive a correspondence between the boundary of asymptotic stability in the nonlinear regime, where gain saturation is present, and the PT-breaking transition in the underlying linear system. For zero detuning and weak input intensity, the onset of optical isolation can be rigorously derived, and corresponds precisely to the PT transition point. When the couplings to the external ports are unequal, the isolation ratio exhibits an abrupt jump at the transition point, determined by the ratio of the couplings. This could be exploited to realize an actively controlled nonlinear optical isolator, in which strong optical isolation can be switched on or off using tiny variations in the inter-resonator separation.

  8. Eta(') mass and chiral symmetry breaking at large N(c) and N(f).

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    Girlanda, L; Stern, J; Talavera, P

    2001-06-25

    We propose a method for implementing the large- N(c), large-N(f) limit of QCD at the effective Lagrangian level. Depending on the value of the ratio N(f)/N(c), different patterns of chiral symmetry breaking can arise, leading in particular to different behaviors of the eta(') mass in the combined large-N limit. PMID:11415379

  9. A Study of Confinement and Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking in QED3

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    Sanchez, Saul; Raya, Alfredo; Bashir, Adnan

    2009-04-20

    We study the gauge invariance of physical observables related to confinement and dynamical chiral symmetry breaking in unquenched QED3 for a simple truncation of the corresponding Schwinger-Dyson equations in arbitrary covariant gauges. An explicit implementation of Landau-Khalatnikov-Fradkin transformations renders these observables gauge independent.

  10. Armchair graphene nanoribbons: PT-symmetry breaking and exceptional points without dissipation

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    Fagotti, Maurizio; Bonati, Claudio; Logoteta, Demetrio; Marconcini, Paolo; Macucci, Massimo

    2011-06-15

    We consider a single-layer graphene nanoribbon with armchair edges and with a longitudinally constant external potential, pointing out that it can be described by means of an effective non-Hermitian Hamiltonian. We show that this system has some features typical of dissipative systems, namely, the presence of exceptional points and of PT-symmetry breaking, although it is not dissipative.

  11. Bifurcation to a chiral-symmetry-breaking state in continuum quantum electrodynamics

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    Rembiesa, P. )

    1990-02-15

    Dyson-Schwinger equations for a fermion propagator in the Landau gauge are studied in the approximation of a small-momentum-transfer vertex function. There exists a critical value of the coupling constant above which the ordinary solution bifurcates to another, chiral-symmetry-breaking solution. The new solution does not require either infrared or ultraviolet momentum cutoffs.

  12. Symmetry Breaking in the Hidden-Order Phase of URu2Si2

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    Shibauchi, Takasada

    2013-03-01

    In the heavy fermion compound URu2Si2, the hidden-order transition occurs at 17.5 K, whose nature has posed a long-standing mystery. A second-order phase transition is characterized by spontaneous symmetry breaking, and thus the nature of the hidden order cannot be determined without understanding which symmetry is being broken. Our magnetic torque measurements in small pure crystals reveal the emergence of an in-plane anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility below the transition temperature, indicating the spontaneous breaking of four-fold rotational symmetry of the tetragonal URu2Si2. In addition, our recent observation of cyclotron resonance allows the full determination of the electron-mass structure of the main Fermi-surface sheets, which implies an anomalous in-plane mass anisotropy consistent with the rotational symmetry breaking. These results impose strong constraints on the symmetry of the hidden order parameter. This work has been done in collaboration with R. Okazaki, S. Tonegawa, K. Hashimoto, K. Ikada, Y. H. Lin, H. Shishido, H. J. Shi, Y. Haga, T. D. Matsuda, E. Yamamoto, Y. Onuki, H. Ikeda, and Y. Matsuda.

  13. Symmetry breaking in self-assembled M4L6 cage complexes

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    Meng, Wenjing; Ronson, Tanya K.; Nitschke, Jonathan R.

    2013-01-01

    Here we describe the phenomenon of symmetry breaking within a series of M4L6 container molecules. These containers were synthesized using planar rigid bis-bidentate ligands based on 2,6-substituted naphthalene, anthracene, or anthraquinone spacers and FeII ions. The planarity of the ligand spacer favors a stereochemical configuration in which each cage contains two metal centers of opposite handedness to the other two, which would ordinarily result in an S4-symmetric, achiral configuration. Reduction of symmetry from S4 to C1 is achieved by the spatial offset between each ligand’s pair of binding sites, which breaks the S4 symmetry axis. Using larger CdII or CoII ions instead of FeII resulted, in some cases, in the observation of dynamic motion of the symmetry-breaking ligands in solution. NMR spectra of these dynamic complexes thus reflected apparent S4 symmetry owing to rapid interconversion between energetically degenerate, enantiomeric C1-symmetric conformations. PMID:23754424

  14. Topological Symmetry Breaking and Access to Magneto Bernoulli States

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    Valanju, Prashant

    2003-10-01

    Theory has predicted the existence of new equilibrium states (called Magneto-Bernoulli states) for a magnetized plasma with strong sheared velocity [1]. The Magneto Bernouli Experiment (MBX), an axisymmetric mirror with externally applied radial electric field, is designed to create these new high-beta states [2]. Preliminary results from MBX consistently show a striking asymmetry in the E-field penetration and plasma rotation profiles when the sign of the applied potential is reversed. (Similar asymmetric responses to external E-fields have been seen in other experiments and are generally not well understood.) A theoretical analysis of the MBX configuration suggests that the polarity of the externally applied radial electric field may be essential in determining the final configuration into which the system will settle. We find that opposite polarities will necessarily lead to topologically distinct states, out of which only one is continuously connected to the no-electric-field (no flow) limit. It is possible that the configuration that disappears in the no-flow limit is the Magneto-Bernoulli state that the MBX experiment is seeking, whereas the other configuration may be related to the centrifugal confinement path that is being pursued by the Maryland Centrifugal Torus Experiment (MCX). We will discuss the results of a rigorous theoretical and experimental examination of this emerging notion, with a view to demonstrating the accessibility of, and the pathway to, the Magneto Bernoulli states Work done in collaboration with Swadesh M. Mahajan. [1] S.M. Mahajan and Z. Yoshida, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4863 (1998), and Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 095001-1 (2002). [2] See http://www.frc.utexas.edu/pv/MBX/index.html

  15. Probing symmetry and symmetry breaking in resonant soft-x-ray fluorescence spectra of molecules

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    Glans, P.; Gunnelin, K.; Guo, J.

    1997-04-01

    Conventional non-resonant soft X-ray emission brings about information about electronic structure through its symmetry and polarization selectivity, the character of which is governed by simple dipole rules. For centro-symmetric molecules with the emitting atom at the inversion center these rules lead to selective emission through the required parity change. For the more common classes of molecules which have lower symmetry or for systems with degenerate core orbitals (delocalized over identical sites), it is merely the local symmetry selectivity that provides a probe of the local atomic orbital contribution to the molecular orbital. For instance, in X-ray spectra of first row species the intensities essentially map the p-density at each particular atomic site, and, in a molecular orbital picture, the contribution of the local p-type atomic orbitals in the LCAO description of the molecular orbitals. The situation is different for resonant X-ray fluorescence spectra. Here strict parity and symmetry selectivity gives rise to a strong frequency dependence for all molecules with an element of symmetry. In addition to symmetry selectivity the strong frequency dependence of resonant X-ray emission is caused by the interplay between the shape of a narrow X-ray excitation energy function and the lifetime and vibrational broadenings of the resonantly excited core states. This interplay leads to various observable effects, such as linear dispersion, resonance narrowing and emission line (Stokes) doubling. Also from the point of view of polarization selectivity, the resonantly excited X-ray spectra are much more informative than the corresponding non-resonant spectra. Examples are presented for nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide molecules.

  16. On gauge independence for gauge models with soft breaking of BRST symmetry

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    Reshetnyak, Alexander

    2014-12-01

    A consistent quantum treatment of general gauge theories with an arbitrary gauge-fixing in the presence of soft breaking of the BRST symmetry in the field-antifield formalism is developed. It is based on a gauged (involving a field-dependent parameter) version of finite BRST transformations. The prescription allows one to restore the gauge-independence of the effective action at its extremals and therefore also that of the conventional S-matrix for a theory with BRST-breaking terms being additively introduced into a BRST-invariant action in order to achieve a consistency of the functional integral. We demonstrate the applicability of this prescription within the approach of functional renormalization group to the Yang-Mills and gravity theories. The Gribov-Zwanziger action and the refined Gribov-Zwanziger action for a many-parameter family of gauges, including the Coulomb, axial and covariant gauges, are derived perturbatively on the basis of finite gauged BRST transformations starting from Landau gauge. It is proved that gauge theories with soft breaking of BRST symmetry can be made consistent if the transformed BRST-breaking terms satisfy the same soft BRST symmetry breaking condition in the resulting gauge as the untransformed ones in the initial gauge, and also without this requirement.

  17. Study of charge symmetry breaking in dd collisions with WASA-at-COSY

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    Wronska, Aleksandra

    2011-10-24

    Charge symmetry is an approximate symmetry of the strong interaction. Studies of its breaking can yield information on the u and d quark mass difference. A theoretical collaboration is currently working on the description of charge symmetry breaking mechanisms for dd{yields}{alpha}{pi}{sup 0} and np{yields}d{pi}{sup 0} within Chiral Perturbation Theory, using the data from TRI-UMF and IUCF. One of the items in the program of the WASA-at-COSY collaboration is to extend the data base for the dd{yields}{alpha}{pi}{sup 0} reaction to higher energies, which would allow the extraction of the information on the p-wave. Status of the analysis of experimental data along with the preliminary results from the pilot run will be presented here.

  18. Staggered fermions and chiral symmetry breaking in transverse lattice regulated QED

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    Griffin, P.A.

    1992-07-01

    Staggered fermions are constructed for the transverse lattice regularization scheme. The weak perturbation theory of transverse lattice non-compact QED is developed in light-cone gauge, and we argue that for fixed lattice spacing this theory is ultraviolet finite, order by order in perturbation theory. However, by calculating the anomalous scaling dimension of the link fields, we find that the interaction Hamiltonian becomes non-renormalizable for g{sup 2}(a) > 4{pi}, where g(a) is the bare (lattice) QED coupling constant. We conjecture that this is the critical point of the chiral symmetry breaking phase transition in QED. Non-perturbative chiral symmetry breaking is then studied in the strong coupling limit. The discrete remnant of chiral symmetry that remains on the lattice is spontaneously broken, and the ground state to lowest order in the strong coupling expansion corresponds to the classical ground state of the two-dimensional spin one-half Heisenberg antiferromagnet.

  19. Symmetry Breaking, Unification, and Theories Beyond the Standard Model

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    Nomura, Yasunori

    2009-07-31

    A model was constructed in which the supersymmetric fine-tuning problem is solved without extending the Higgs sector at the weak scale. We have demonstrated that the model can avoid all the phenomenological constraints, while avoiding excessive fine-tuning. We have also studied implications of the model on dark matter physics and collider physics. I have proposed in an extremely simple construction for models of gauge mediation. We found that the {mu} problem can be simply and elegantly solved in a class of models where the Higgs fields couple directly to the supersymmetry breaking sector. We proposed a new way of addressing the flavor problem of supersymmetric theories. We have proposed a new framework of constructing theories of grand unification. We constructed a simple and elegant model of dark matter which explains excess flux of electrons/positrons. We constructed a model of dark energy in which evolving quintessence-type dark energy is naturally obtained. We studied if we can find evidence of the multiverse.

  20. More on cosmological constraints on spontaneous R-symmetry breaking models

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    Hamada, Yuta; Kobayashi, Tatsuo; Kamada, Kohei; Ookouchi, Yutaka E-mail: kohei.kamada@epfl.ch E-mail: yutaka.ookouchi@artsci.kyushu-u.ac.jp

    2014-01-01

    We study the spontaneous R-symmetry breaking model and investigate the cosmological constraints on this model due to the pseudo Nambu-Goldstone boson, R-axion. We consider the R-axion which has relatively heavy mass in order to complement our previous work. In this regime, model parameters, R-axions mass and R-symmetry breaking scale, are constrained by Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and overproduction of the gravitino produced from R-axion decay and thermal plasma. We find that the allowed parameter space is very small for high reheating temperature. For low reheating temperature, the U(1){sub R} breaking scale f{sub a} is constrained as f{sub a} < 10{sup 12−14} GeV regardless of the value of R-axion mass.

  1. Coleman–Weinberg symmetry breaking in SU(8) induced by a third rank antisymmetric tensor scalar field

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    Adler, Stephen L.

    2016-08-01

    We study SU(8) symmetry breaking induced by minimizing the Coleman–Weinberg effective potential for a third rank antisymmetric tensor scalar field in the 56 representation. Instead of breaking {SU}(8)\\supset {SU}(3)× {SU}(5), we find that the stable minimum of the potential breaks the original symmetry according to {SU}(8)\\supset {SU}(3)× {Sp}(4). Using both numerical and analytical methods, we present results for the potential minimum, the corresponding Goldstone boson structure and BEH mechanism, and the group-theoretic classification of the residual states after symmetry breaking.

  2. Topological superconducting phases from inversion symmetry breaking order in spin-orbit-coupled systems

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    Wang, Yuxuan; Cho, Gil Young; Hughes, Taylor L.; Fradkin, Eduardo

    2016-04-01

    We analyze the superconducting instabilities in the vicinity of the quantum-critical point of an inversion symmetry breaking order. We first show that the fluctuations of the inversion symmetry breaking order lead to two degenerate superconducting (SC) instabilities, one in the s -wave channel, and the other in a time-reversal invariant odd-parity pairing channel (the simplest case being the same as the of 3He-B phase). Remarkably, we find that unlike many well-known examples, the selection of the pairing symmetry of the condensate is independent of the momentum-space structure of the collective mode that mediates the pairing interaction. We found that this degeneracy is a result of the existence of a conserved fermionic helicity χ , and the two degenerate channels correspond to even and odd combinations of SC order parameters with χ =±1 . As a result, the system has an enlarged symmetry U (1 ) ×U (1 ) , with each U (1 ) corresponding to one value of the helicity χ . Because of the enlarged symmetry, this system admits exotic topological defects such as a fractional quantum vortex, which we show has a Majorana zero mode bound at its core. We discuss how the enlarged symmetry can be lifted by small perturbations, such as the Coulomb interaction or Fermi surface splitting in the presence of broken inversion symmetry, and we show that the resulting superconducting state can be topological or trivial depending on parameters. The U (1 ) ×U (1 ) symmetry is restored at the phase boundary between the topological and trivial SC states, and allows for a transition between topologically distinct SC phases without the vanishing of the order parameter. We present a global phase diagram of the superconducting states and discuss possible experimental implications.

  3. Determination of time-reversal symmetry breaking lengths in an InGaAs interferometer array.

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    Ren, S L; Heremans, J J; Vijeyaragunathan, S; Mishima, T D; Santos, M B

    2015-05-13

    Quantum interference oscillations due to the Aharonov-Bohm phase were measured in a ring interferometer array fabricated on a two-dimensional electron system in an InGaAs/InAlAs heterostructure. Coexisting oscillations with magnetic flux periodicity h/e and h/2e were observed and their amplitudes compared as function of applied magnetic field. The h/2e oscillations originate in time-reversed trajectories with the ring interferometers operating in Sagnac-type mode, while the h/e oscillations result from Mach-Zehnder operation. The h/2e oscillations require time-reversal symmetry and hence can be used to quantify time-reversal symmetry breaking, more particularly the fundamental mesoscopic dephasing length associated with time-reversal symmetry breaking under applied magnetic field, an effective magnetic length. The oscillation amplitudes were investigated over magnetic fields spanning 2.2 T, using Fourier transforms over short segments of 40 mT. As the magnetic field increased, the h/2e oscillation amplitude decreased due to time-reversal symmetry breaking by the local magnetic flux in the interferometer arms. A dephasing model for quantum-coherent arrays was used to experimentally quantify effective magnetic lengths. The data was then compared with analytical expressions for diffusive, ballistic and confined systems. PMID:25880699

  4. Electrochemiluminescence Tuned by Electron-Hole Recombination from Symmetry-Breaking in Wurtzite ZnSe.

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    Liu, Suli; Zhang, Qinghua; Zhang, Long; Gu, Lin; Zou, Guizheng; Bao, Jianchun; Dai, Zhihui

    2016-02-01

    The research of highly active electrochemiluminescence (ECL) materials with low toxicity and good solubility remains a substantial challenge. In this work, we present a synthesis method to prepare soluble wurtzite (WZ) ZnSe nanocrystals (NCs), which exhibit good ECL properties. Using high-angle annular-dark-field imaging together with electron hologram methods, we observe that the WZ ZnSe NCs exhibit an unusual symmetry-breaking phenomenon, where the translational symmetry of the polarized Zn-Se bond is broken. The formation of a symmetry-breaking region leads to an accumulation of charge. The good ECL response originates from the increased efficiency of electron-hole recombination by the excess charge redistribution in WZ ZnSe NCs. This study of the relationship between ECL behavior and the architecture of NCs suggests that careful control over the NC structures of semiconductors can tailor their charge distribution via symmetry breaking, which opens new avenues for the design of novel classes of agents for optoelectronic applications. PMID:26785672

  5. Consequences of breaking time reversal symmetry in LaSb: a resistivity plateau and extreme magnetoresistance

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    Tafti, Fazel; Gibson, Quinn; Kushwaha, Satya; Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Cava, Robert; Cava Lab Team

    Time reversal symmetry protects the metallic surface modes of topological insulators (TIs). The transport signature of robust metallic surface modes of TIs is a plateau that arrests the exponential divergence of the insulating bulk with decreasing temperature. This universal behavior is observed in all TI candidates ranging from Bi2Te2Se to SmB6. Recently, several topological semimetals (TSMs) have been found that exhibit extreme magnetoresistance (XMR) and TI universal resistivity behavior revealed only when breaking TRS, a regime where TIs theoretically cease to exist. Amongst these new materials, TaAs and NbP are nominated for Weyl semimetal due to their lack of inversion symmetry, Cd3As2 is nominated for Dirac semimetal due to linear band crossing, and WTe2 is nominated for resonant compensated semimetal due to perfect electron-hole symmetry. Here we introduce LaSb, a simple rock-salt structure material without broken inversion symmetry, without perfect linear band crossing, and without perfect electron-hole symmetry. Yet LaSb portrays all the exotic field induced behaviors of the aforementioned semimetals. It shows the universal TI resistivity with a plateau at 15 K, revealed by a magnetic field, ultrahigh mobility of carriers, quantum oscillations with 2D Fermi surface, and XMR of about one million percent. Due to its dramatic simplicity, LaSb is the ideal model system to formulate a theoretical understanding of the exotic consequences of breaking TRS in TSMs.

  6. Lattice QCD analysis for relation between quark confinement and chiral symmetry breaking

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    Doi, Takahiro M.; Suganuma, Hideo; Iritani, Takumi

    2016-01-01

    The Polyakov loop and the Dirac modes are connected via a simple analytical relation on the temporally odd-number lattice, where the temporal lattice size is odd with the normal (nontwisted) periodic boundary condition. Using this relation, we investigate the relation between quark confinement and chiral symmetry breaking in QCD. In this paper, we discuss the properties of this analytical relation and numerically investigate each Dirac-mode contribution to the Polyakov loop in both confinement and deconfinement phases at the quenched level. This relation indicates that low-lying Dirac modes have little contribution to the Polyakov loop, and we numerically confirmed this fact. From our analysis, it is suggested that there is no direct one-to-one corresponding between quark confinement and chiral symmetry breaking in QCD. Also, in the confinement phase, we numerically find that there is a new "positive/negative symmetry" in the Dirac-mode matrix elements of link-variable operator which appear in the relation and the Polyakov loop becomes zero because of this symmetry. In the deconfinement phase, this symmetry is broken and the Polyakov loop is non-zero.

  7. Conformal symmetry breaking and degeneracy of high-lying unflavored mesons

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    Kirchbach, Mariana; Pallares-Rivera, Adrian; Compean, Cliffor; Raya, Alfredo

    2012-08-01

    We show that though conformal symmetry can be broken by the dilaton, such can happen without breaking the conformal degeneracy patterns in the spectra. Our argumentation goes as follows: We departure from the gauge-gravity duality which predicts on the boundaries of the AdS5 geometry a conformal theory, associated with QCD at high temperatures, and consider S1 × S3 slicing. The inverse radius, R, of S3 relates to the temperature of the deconfinement phase transition and has to satisfy, hslashc/R gg ΛQCD. On S3, whose isometry group is SO(4), we then focus on the eigenvalue problem of the conformal Laplacian there, given by , with standing for the Casimir invariant of the so(4) algebra. This eigenvalue problem describes the spectrum of a scalar particle, to be associated with a qbar q system. Such a spectrum is characterized by a (K + l)2-fold degeneracy of its levels, with K in [0, ∞). We then break the conformal S3 metric, ds2 = dχ2 + sin2 χ(dθ2 + sin2θdvarphi2) -in polar chi,θ, and azimuthal varphi coordinates- according to, ds~2 = e-bχ((1 + b2/4)dχ2 + sin2 chi(dθ2 + sin2θdvarphi2)), and attribute the symmetry breaking scale bhslash2c2/R2 to the dilaton. Next we show that the above metric deformation is equivalent to a breaking of the conformal curvature of S3 by a term proportional to b cot χ, and that the perturbed conformal Laplacian is equivalent to , with cκ a representation constant, and being again an so(4) Casimir invariant, but this time in a representation unitarily nonequivalent to the 4D rotational one. As long as the spectra before and after the symmetry breaking happen to be determined each by eigenvalues of a Casimir invariant of an so(4), no matter whether or not in a representation that generates the orthogonal group SO(4) as a subgroup of the conformal group SO(2,4), the degeneracy patterns remain unaltered though the conformal symmetry breaks at the level of the representation of the algebra. We fit the S3 radius and the hslash2c

  8. Globally baryon symmetric cosmology, GUT spontaneous symmetry breaking, and the structure of the universe

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    Stecker, F. W.; Brown, R. W.

    1979-01-01

    Grand unified theories (GUT) such as SU(5), with spontaneous symmetry breaking, can lead more naturally to a globally baryon symmetric big bang cosmology with a domain structure than to a totally asymmetric cosmology. The symmetry is broken at random in causally independent domains, favoring neither a baryon nor an antibaryon excess on a universal scale. Because of the additional freedom in the high-energy physics allowed by such GUT gauge theories, new observational tests may be possible. Arguments in favor of this cosmology and various observational tests are discussed.

  9. Phase Separation on Bicontinuous Cubic Membranes: Symmetry Breaking, Reentrant, and Domain Faceting.

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    Paillusson, Fabien; Pennington, Matthew R; Kusumaatmaja, Halim

    2016-07-29

    We study the phase separation of binary lipid mixtures that form bicontinuous cubic phases. The competition between the nonuniform Gaussian membrane curvature and line tension leads to a very rich phase diagram, where we observe symmetry breaking of the membrane morphologies and reentrant phenomena due to the formation of bridges between segregated domains. Upon increasing the line tension contribution, we also find faceting of lipid domains that we explain using a simple argument based on the symmetry of the underlying surface and topology. PMID:27517794

  10. Ultra-large distance modification of gravity from Lorentz symmetry breaking at the Planck scale

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    Gorbunov, Dmitry S.; Sibiryakov, Sergei M.

    2005-09-01

    We present an extension of the Randall-Sundrum model in which, due to spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking, graviton mixes with bulk vector fields and becomes quasilocalized. The masses of KK modes comprising the four-dimensional graviton are naturally exponentially small. This allows to push the Lorentz breaking scale to as high as a few tenth of the Planck mass. The model does not contain ghosts or tachyons and does not exhibit the van Dam-Veltman-Zakharov discontinuity. The gravitational attraction between static point masses becomes gradually weaker with increasing of separation and gets replaced by repulsion (antigravity) at exponentially large distances.

  11. Soft A4 → Z3 symmetry breaking and cobimaximal neutrino mixing

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    Ma, Ernest

    2016-04-01

    I propose a model of radiative charged-lepton and neutrino masses with A4 symmetry. The soft breaking of A4 to Z3 lepton triality is accomplished by dimension-three terms. The breaking of Z3 by dimension-two terms allows cobimaximal neutrino mixing (θ13 ≠ 0, θ23 = π / 4, δCP = ± π / 2) to be realized with only very small finite calculable deviations from the residual Z3 lepton triality. This construction solves a long-standing technical problem inherent in renormalizable A4 models since their inception.

  12. Soft A4→Z3 symmetry breaking and cobimaximal neutrino mixing

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    Ma, Ernest

    2016-03-28

    In this study, I propose a model of radiative charged-lepton and neutrino masses with A4 symmetry. The soft breaking of A4 to Z3 lepton triality is accomplished by dimension-three terms. The breaking of Z3 by dimension-two terms allows cobimaximal neutrino mixing (θ13 ≠ 0, θ23 = π/4, δcp=π/2) to be realized with only very small finite calculable deviations from the residual Z3 lepton triality. This construction solves a long-standing technical problem inherent in renormalizable A4 models since their inception.

  13. PT -symmetry breaking for the scattering problem in a one-dimensional non-Hermitian lattice model

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    Zhu, Baogang; Lü, Rong; Chen, Shu

    2016-03-01

    We study the PT -symmetry breaking for the scattering problem in a one-dimensional non-Hermitian tight-binding lattice model with balanced gain and loss distributed on two adjacent sites. In the scattering process the system undergoes a transition from the exact PT -symmetric phase to the phase with spontaneously breaking PT symmetry as the amplitude of complex potentials increases. Using the S-matrix method, we derive an exact discriminant, which can be used to distinguish different symmetry phases, and determine the exceptional point for the symmetry breaking analytically. In the PT -symmetry-breaking region, we also confirm the appearance of the unique feature, i.e., the coherent perfect absorption laser, in this simple non-Hermitian lattice model. The study of the scattering problem of such a simple model provides an additional way to unveil the physical effect of non-Hermitian PT -symmetric potentials.

  14. Synthetic Turing protocells: vesicle self-reproduction through symmetry-breaking instabilities.

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    Macía, Javier; Solé, Ricard V

    2007-10-29

    The reproduction of a living cell requires a repeatable set of chemical events to be properly coordinated. Such events define a replication cycle, coupling the growth and shape change of the cell membrane with internal metabolic reactions. Although the logic of such process is determined by potentially simple physico-chemical laws, modelling of a full, self-maintained cell cycle is not trivial. Here we present a novel approach to the problem that makes use of so-called symmetry breaking instabilities as the engine of cell growth and division. It is shown that the process occurs as a consequence of the breaking of spatial symmetry and provides a reliable mechanism of vesicle growth and reproduction. Our model opens the possibility of a synthetic protocell lacking information but displaying self-reproduction under a very simple set of chemical reactions. PMID:17510018

  15. Dynamical instability induced by the zero mode under symmetry breaking external perturbation

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    Takahashi, J.; Nakamura, Y.; Yamanaka, Y.

    2014-08-01

    A complex eigenvalue in the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations for a stationary Bose-Einstein condensate in the ultracold atomic system indicates the dynamical instability of the system. We also have the modes with zero eigenvalues for the condensate, called the zero modes, which originate from the spontaneous breakdown of symmetries. Although the zero modes are suppressed in many theoretical analyses, we take account of them in this paper and argue that a zero mode can change into one with a pure imaginary eigenvalue by applying a symmetry breaking external perturbation potential. This emergence of a pure imaginary mode adds a new type of scenario of dynamical instability to that characterized by the complex eigenvalue of the usual excitation modes. For illustration, we deal with two one-dimensional homogeneous Bose-Einstein condensate systems with a single dark soliton under a respective perturbation potential, breaking the invariance under translation, to derive pure imaginary modes.

  16. Mechanogenetic coupling of Hydra symmetry breaking and driven Turing instability model.

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    Soriano, Jordi; Rüdiger, Sten; Pullarkat, Pramod; Ott, Albrecht

    2009-02-18

    The freshwater polyp Hydra can regenerate from tissue fragments or random cell aggregates. We show that the axis-defining step ("symmetry breaking") of regeneration requires mechanical inflation-collapse oscillations of the initial cell ball. We present experimental evidence that axis definition is retarded if these oscillations are slowed down mechanically. When biochemical signaling related to axis formation is perturbed, the oscillation phase is extended and axis formation is retarded as well. We suggest that mechanical oscillations play a triggering role in axis definition. We extend earlier reaction-diffusion models for Hydra regrowth by coupling morphogen transport to mechanical stress caused by the oscillations. The modified reaction-diffusion model reproduces well two important experimental observations: 1), the existence of an optimum size for regeneration, and 2), the dependence of the symmetry breaking time on the properties of the mechanical oscillations. PMID:19217880

  17. Symmetry breaking in gastropod locomotion through acceleration or deceleration of the pedal waves

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    Del Alamo, Juan C.; Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Javier; Lai, Janice; Shepherd, Robert D.; Lasheras, Juan C.

    2008-03-01

    Marine and terrestrial gastropods move by gliding over a ventral foot that is lubricated by secreted mucus (terrestrial) or simply by water (marine). The rim of the ventral foot generates suction forces that keep the animal adhered to the substrate. The central part of the foot produces a forward traction force by generating trains of pedal waves through periodic muscle contractions. Recent experiments show that, in some gastropods, these pedal waves become faster and longer as they move forward, suggesting a mechanism for breaking the symmetry in the flow between the pedal waves and the substrate. To investigate this mechanism, we have analyzed theoretically a two-dimensional lubrication layer between a train of waves of slowly varying length and speed, and a flat, rigid, impermeable surface. The inhomogeneity of the pedal waves has been modeled through multiple-scale asymptotics. We have considered a Newtonian fluid to separate the effect of this inhomogeneity from the viscoelastic symmetry breaking reported in previous works.

  18. Breaking time-reversal symmetry in interacting photon lattices using a superconducting on-chip circulator

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    Koch, Jens; Houck, A. A.; Girvin, S. M.; Le Hur, Karyn

    2010-03-01

    Recently, theoretical studies have advertised EM resonator arrays, coherently coupled to artificial atoms (e.g., superconducting qubits) as a new venue for constructing quantum simulators for strongly correlated states of matter [1]. Here, we explore the possibilities of breaking time-reversal symmetry in such interacting photon systems by coupling transmission line resonators via a superconducting circuit. We demonstrate that, given an external magnetic field and a mechanism for breaking particle-hole symmetry, such a circuit can produce complex phases in the hopping amplitudes for photons. Finally, we address the prospects of this scheme for studying new quantum phase transitions in interacting photon systems, and the realization of novel 2D lattices for photons, such as the Kagome lattice. [4pt] [1] M. J. Hartmann, F. G. S. L. Brandão, and M. B. Plenio, Laser & Photonics Review 2, 527 (2008), and references therein.

  19. Symmetry breaking and adaptation: evidence from a 'toy model' of a virus.

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    Vargas, J M; Stephens, C R; Waelbroeck, H; Zertuche, F

    1999-07-01

    We argue that an induced breaking of the genetic synonym symmetry due to the action of genetic operators such as mutation can enhance the adaptability of a species to changes in the environment. In the case of a virus, the claim is that the codon bias in the neutralization epitope improves the virus' ability to generate mutants that evade the induced immune response. We support our claim with a simple 'toy model' of a viral epitope evolving in competition with the immune system. The effective selective advantage of a higher mutability leads to a dominance of codons that favor non-synonymous mutations. As further evidence we present a simple model for a genetic regulatory network that leads to adaptive evolution in a population of giraffes by means of an induced symmetry breaking rather than through any direct selective advantage. PMID:10426468

  20. Heat-enhanced symmetry breaking in dynamic gold nanorod oligomers: the importance of interface control.

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    Yan, Jiao; Hou, Shuai; Ji, Yinglu; Wu, Xiaochun

    2016-05-21

    We reported a surprisingly strong plasmonic circular dichroism (PCD) response in side-by-side (SS) oligomers of gold nanorods (GNRs) just by a simple heat treatment. The maximal anisotropic (g) factor achieved was up to 0.065, one of the largest reported for plasmon-enhanced chiral nanostructures based on a bottom-up strategy. The introduction of chiral thiolated molecules is suggested to guide the symmetry breaking of GNR assemblies and heat treatment provides the necessary energy to assist this process, and thus produces a huge PCD. Furthermore, we first demonstrated the critical role of the non-chiral component (surfactant layer) on the gold nanorod surface in mediating symmetry breaking. Our findings highlight the importance of interface control in the formation of chiral configuration for a plasmonic nanoparticle system. It offers new possibilities for fabricating nanostructures with strong chiroptical activity by the rational design of interface layers. PMID:27139802

  1. Nonlinearity in cytoplasm viscosity can generate an essential symmetry breaking in cellular behaviors.

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    Tachikawa, Masashi; Mochizuki, Atsushi

    2015-01-01

    The cytoplasms of ameboid cells are nonlinearly viscous. The cell controls this viscosity by modulating the amount, localization and interactions of bio-polymers. Here we investigated how the nonlinearity infers the cellular behaviors and whether nonlinearity-specific behaviors exist. We modeled the developed plasmodium of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum as a network of branching tubes and examined the linear and nonlinear viscous cytoplasm flows in the tubes. We found that the nonlinearity in the cytoplasm׳s viscosity induces a novel type of symmetry breaking in the protoplasmic flow. We also show that symmetry breaking can play an important role in adaptive behaviors, namely, connection of behavioral modes implemented on different time scales and transportation of molecular signals from the front to the rear of the cell during cellular locomotion. PMID:25261729

  2. Dynamical Electroweak Symmetry Breaking with a Heavy Fermion in Light of Recent LHC Results

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    Hung, Pham Q.

    2013-01-01

    The recent announcement of a discovery of a possible Higgs-like particle—its spin and parity are yet to be determined—at the LHC with a mass of 126 GeV necessitates a fresh look at the nature of the electroweak symmetry breaking, in particular if this newly-discovered particle will turn out to have the quantum numbers of a Standard Model Higgs boson. Even if it were a 0 + scalar with the properties expected for a SM Higgs boson, there is still the quintessential hierarchy problem that one has to deal with and which, by itself, suggests a new physics energy scale aroundmore » 1 TeV. This paper presents a minireview of one possible scenario: the formation of a fermion-antifermion condensate coming from a very heavy fourth generation, carrying the quantum number of the SM Higgs field, and thus breaking the electroweak symmetry.« less

  3. Self-organization and symmetry-breaking in two-dimensional plasma turbulence

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    Bos, Wouter J. T.; Neffaa, Salah; Schneider, Kai

    2010-09-15

    The spontaneous self-organization of two-dimensional magnetized plasma is investigated within the framework of magnetohydrodynamics with a particular emphasis on the symmetry-breaking induced by the shape of the confining boundaries. This symmetry-breaking is quantified by the angular momentum, which is shown to be generated rapidly and spontaneously from initial conditions free from angular momentum as soon as the geometry lacks axisymmetry. This effect is illustrated by considering circular, square, and elliptical boundaries. It is shown that the generation of angular momentum in nonaxisymmetric geometries can be enhanced by increasing the magnetic pressure. The effect becomes stronger at higher Reynolds numbers. The generation of magnetic angular momentum (or angular field), previously observed at low Reynolds numbers, becomes weaker at larger Reynolds numbers.

  4. Mean-Field Theory of the Symmetry Breaking Model for X Chromosome Inactivation

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    Scialdone, A.; Barbieri, M.; Pallotti, D.; Nicodemi, M.

    X Chromosome Inactivation (XCI) is the process in mammal femalecells whereby one of the X chromosomes is silenced to compensate dosage with respect to males. It is still mysterious how precisely one X chromosome is randomly chosen for inactivation. We discuss here a mean-field theory of the Symmetry Breaking (SB) model of XCI, a Statistical Mechanics model introduced to explain that process. The SB model poses that a single regulatory factor, an aggregate of molecules, is produced which acts to preserve from inactivation one of the X's. The model illustrates a physical mechanism, originating from a thermodynamic phase transition, for the self-assembling of such a single super-molecular aggregate which can spontaneously break the binding symmetry of equivalent targets. This results in a sharp, yet stochastic, regulatory mechanism of XCI. In particular, we focus here on how the model can predict the effects of genetic deletions.

  5. Symmetry breaking and pattern selection in far-from-equilibrium systems

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    Nicolis, G.; Prigogine, I.

    1981-01-01

    A mechanism enabling nonequilibrium systems to select spatially asymmetric solutions is outlined. It operates when a macroscopic mode undergoing a symmetry-breaking bifurcation can interact with a polar or a chiral field not explicitly involved in the bifurcation. The perturbation of the bifurcation induced by the field allows the system to capture the external asymmetry and build patterns of preferred polarity or preferred chirality. The chemical and biological implications of forming such an asymmetric medium are discussed. PMID:16592966

  6. An analytical method for analyzing symmetry-breaking bifurcation and period-doubling bifurcation

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    Zou, Keguan; Nagarajaiah, Satish

    2015-05-01

    A new modification of homotopy analysis method (HAM) is proposed in this paper. The auxiliary differential operator is specifically chosen so that more than one secular term must be eliminated. The proposed method can capture asymmetric and period-2 solutions with satisfactory accuracy and hence can be used to predict symmetry-breaking and period-doubling bifurcation points. The variation of accuracy is investigated when different number of frequencies are considered.

  7. Heat-enhanced symmetry breaking in dynamic gold nanorod oligomers: the importance of interface control

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    Yan, Jiao; Hou, Shuai; Ji, Yinglu; Wu, Xiaochun

    2016-05-01

    We reported a surprisingly strong plasmonic circular dichroism (PCD) response in side-by-side (SS) oligomers of gold nanorods (GNRs) just by a simple heat treatment. The maximal anisotropic (g) factor achieved was up to 0.065, one of the largest reported for plasmon-enhanced chiral nanostructures based on a bottom-up strategy. The introduction of chiral thiolated molecules is suggested to guide the symmetry breaking of GNR assemblies and heat treatment provides the necessary energy to assist this process, and thus produces a huge PCD. Furthermore, we first demonstrated the critical role of the non-chiral component (surfactant layer) on the gold nanorod surface in mediating symmetry breaking. Our findings highlight the importance of interface control in the formation of chiral configuration for a plasmonic nanoparticle system. It offers new possibilities for fabricating nanostructures with strong chiroptical activity by the rational design of interface layers.We reported a surprisingly strong plasmonic circular dichroism (PCD) response in side-by-side (SS) oligomers of gold nanorods (GNRs) just by a simple heat treatment. The maximal anisotropic (g) factor achieved was up to 0.065, one of the largest reported for plasmon-enhanced chiral nanostructures based on a bottom-up strategy. The introduction of chiral thiolated molecules is suggested to guide the symmetry breaking of GNR assemblies and heat treatment provides the necessary energy to assist this process, and thus produces a huge PCD. Furthermore, we first demonstrated the critical role of the non-chiral component (surfactant layer) on the gold nanorod surface in mediating symmetry breaking. Our findings highlight the importance of interface control in the formation of chiral configuration for a plasmonic nanoparticle system. It offers new possibilities for fabricating nanostructures with strong chiroptical activity by the rational design of interface layers. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available

  8. SU (n) symmetry breaking by rank three and rank two antisymmetric tensor scalars

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    Adler, Stephen L.

    2015-05-01

    We study SU (n) symmetry breaking by rank three and rank two antisymmetric tensor fields. Using tensor analysis, we derive branching rules for the adjoint and antisymmetric tensor representations, and explain why for general SU (n) one finds the same U (1) generator mismatch that we noted earlier in special cases. We then compute the masses of the various scalar fields in the branching expansion, in terms of parameters of the general renormalizable potential for the antisymmetric tensor fields.

  9. QCD diffraction: a critical phenomenon reflecting both confinement and chiral-symmetry breaking

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    White, A.R.

    1982-07-01

    Arguments are presented for studying soft diffractive physics at anti p-p colliders in terms of Critical Pomeron Reggeon Field Theory. It is emphasized that both confinement and chiral-symmetry breaking play a vital role in the occurrence of the Critical Pomeron in QCD. SU(3) is the unique strong-interaction gauge group giving the Critical Pomeron and the maximum number of quarks allowed by asymptotic freedom is required for criticality.

  10. Symmetry breaking: a tool to unveil the topology of chaotic scattering with three degrees of freedom

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    Jung, Christof; Zapfe, W. P. Karel; Seligman, T. H.

    2010-12-23

    We shall use symmetry breaking as a tool to attack the problem of identifying the topology of chaotic scatteruing with more then two degrees of freedom. specifically we discuss the structure of the homoclinic/heteroclinic tangle and the connection between the chaotic invariant set, the scattering functions and the singularities in the cross section for a class of scattering systems with one open and two closed degrees of freedom.

  11. Isospin-symmetry breaking effects on the strange electric and magnetic form factors of the nucleon

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    Xia Zhengtong; Zuo Wei

    2008-07-15

    We examine the electric and magnetic strange form factors of the nucleon in the pseudoscalar-vector SU(3) Skyrme model, with special emphasis on the effects of isospin symmetry breaking (ISB). It is found that ISB has a nontrivial effect on the strange vector form factors of the nucleon and its contribution to the nucleon strangeness is significantly larger than one might naively expect. Our calculations and discussions may be of some significance for the experimental extraction of the authentic strangeness.

  12. Spatial Symmetry Breaking in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction with Light-Induced Remote Communication

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    Hildebrand, M.; Skodt, H.; Showalter, K.

    2001-08-20

    Domains containing spiral waves form on a stationary background in a photosensitive Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction with light-induced alternating nonlocal feedback. Complex behavior of colliding and splitting wave fragments is found with feedback radii comparable to the spiral wavelength. A linear stability analysis of the uniform stationary states in an Oregonator model reveals a spatial symmetry breaking instability. Numerical simulations show behavior in agreement with that found experimentally and also predict a variety of other new patterns.

  13. Modeling outer-sphere disorder in the symmetry breaking of PPV

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    Liu, L. Angela; Yaron, David J.

    2009-04-01

    Disorder plays an important role in the photophysics of conjugated polymers such as poly(para-phenylene vinylene) (PPV). The dipole moments measured by electroabsorption spectroscopy for a centrosymmetric system such as PPV provide a direct quantitative measure of disorder-induced symmetry breaking. Although inner-sphere (structural) disorder is present, outer-sphere (environmental) disorder dominates the symmetry breaking in PPV. This paper develops and compares six models of outer-sphere disorder that differ in their representation of the electrostatic environment of PPV in glassy solvents. The most detailed model is an all-atom description of the solvent glass and this model forms the basis for comparison of the less detailed models. Four models are constructed in which multipoles are placed at points on a lattice. These lattice models differ in the degree to which they include correlation between the lattice spacings and the orientations of the multipoles. A simple model that assigns random Gaussian-distributed electrostatic potentials to each atom in the PPV molecule is also considered. Comparison of electronic structure calculations of PPV in these electrostatic environments using the all-atom model as a benchmark reveals that dipole and quadrupole lattices provide reasonable models of organic glassy solvents. Including orientational correlation among the solvent molecules decreases the effects of outer-sphere disorder, whereas including correlation in the lattice spacings increases the effects. Both the dipole and quadrupole moments of the solvent molecules can have significant effects on the symmetry breaking and these effects are additive. This additivity provides a convenient means for predicting the effects of various glassy solvents based on their multipole moments. The results presented here suggest that electrostatic disorder can account for the observed symmetry breaking in organic glasses. Furthermore, the lattice models are in general agreement

  14. Sphericity and symmetry breaking in the formation of Frank–Kasper phases from one component materials

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    Lee, Sangwoo; Leighton, Chris; Bates, Frank S.

    2014-11-05

    Frank–Kasper phases are tetrahedrally packed structures occurring in numerous materials, from elements to intermetallics to self-assembled soft materials. They exhibit complex manifolds of Wigner–Seitz cells with many-faceted polyhedra, forming an important bridge between the simple close-packed periodic and quasiperiodic crystals. The recent discovery of the Frank–Kasper σ-phase in diblock and tetrablock polymers stimulated the experiments reported here on a poly(isoprene-b-lactide) diblock copolymer melt. Thus, analysis of small-angle X-ray scattering and mechanical spectroscopy exposes an undiscovered competition between the tendency to form self-assembled particles with spherical symmetry, and the necessity to fill space at uniform density within the framework imposed by the lattice. We thus deduce surprising analogies between the symmetry breaking at the body-centered cubic phase to σ-phase transition in diblock copolymers, mediated by exchange of mass, and the symmetry breaking in certain metals and alloys (such as the elements Mn and U), mediated by exchange of charge. Similar connections are made between the role of sphericity in real space for polymer systems, and the role of sphericity in reciprocal space for metallic systems such as intermetallic compounds and alloys. These findings establish new links between disparate materials classes, provide opportunities to improve the understanding of complex crystallization by building on synergies between hard and soft matter, and, perhaps most significantly, challenge the view that the symmetry breaking required to form reduced symmetry structures (possibly even quasiperiodic crystals) requires particles with multiple predetermined shapes and/or sizes.

  15. Sphericity and symmetry breaking in the formation of Frank–Kasper phases from one component materials

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    Lee, Sangwoo; Leighton, Chris; Bates, Frank S.

    2014-11-05

    Frank–Kasper phases are tetrahedrally packed structures occurring in numerous materials, from elements to intermetallics to self-assembled soft materials. They exhibit complex manifolds of Wigner–Seitz cells with many-faceted polyhedra, forming an important bridge between the simple close-packed periodic and quasiperiodic crystals. The recent discovery of the Frank–Kasper σ-phase in diblock and tetrablock polymers stimulated the experiments reported here on a poly(isoprene-b-lactide) diblock copolymer melt. Thus, analysis of small-angle X-ray scattering and mechanical spectroscopy exposes an undiscovered competition between the tendency to form self-assembled particles with spherical symmetry, and the necessity to fill space at uniform density within the framework imposed bymore » the lattice. We thus deduce surprising analogies between the symmetry breaking at the body-centered cubic phase to σ-phase transition in diblock copolymers, mediated by exchange of mass, and the symmetry breaking in certain metals and alloys (such as the elements Mn and U), mediated by exchange of charge. Similar connections are made between the role of sphericity in real space for polymer systems, and the role of sphericity in reciprocal space for metallic systems such as intermetallic compounds and alloys. These findings establish new links between disparate materials classes, provide opportunities to improve the understanding of complex crystallization by building on synergies between hard and soft matter, and, perhaps most significantly, challenge the view that the symmetry breaking required to form reduced symmetry structures (possibly even quasiperiodic crystals) requires particles with multiple predetermined shapes and/or sizes.« less

  16. Sphericity and symmetry breaking in the formation of Frank–Kasper phases from one component materials

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    Lee, Sangwoo; Leighton, Chris; Bates, Frank S.

    2014-01-01

    Frank–Kasper phases are tetrahedrally packed structures occurring in numerous materials, from elements to intermetallics to self-assembled soft materials. They exhibit complex manifolds of Wigner–Seitz cells with many-faceted polyhedra, forming an important bridge between the simple close-packed periodic and quasiperiodic crystals. The recent discovery of the Frank–Kasper σ-phase in diblock and tetrablock polymers stimulated the experiments reported here on a poly(isoprene-b-lactide) diblock copolymer melt. Analysis of small-angle X-ray scattering and mechanical spectroscopy exposes an undiscovered competition between the tendency to form self-assembled particles with spherical symmetry, and the necessity to fill space at uniform density within the framework imposed by the lattice. We thus deduce surprising analogies between the symmetry breaking at the body-centered cubic phase to σ-phase transition in diblock copolymers, mediated by exchange of mass, and the symmetry breaking in certain metals and alloys (such as the elements Mn and U), mediated by exchange of charge. Similar connections are made between the role of sphericity in real space for polymer systems, and the role of sphericity in reciprocal space for metallic systems such as intermetallic compounds and alloys. These findings establish new links between disparate materials classes, provide opportunities to improve the understanding of complex crystallization by building on synergies between hard and soft matter, and, perhaps most significantly, challenge the view that the symmetry breaking required to form reduced symmetry structures (possibly even quasiperiodic crystals) requires particles with multiple predetermined shapes and/or sizes. PMID:25378703

  17. Sphericity and symmetry breaking in the formation of Frank-Kasper phases from one component materials.

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    Lee, Sangwoo; Leighton, Chris; Bates, Frank S

    2014-12-16

    Frank-Kasper phases are tetrahedrally packed structures occurring in numerous materials, from elements to intermetallics to self-assembled soft materials. They exhibit complex manifolds of Wigner-Seitz cells with many-faceted polyhedra, forming an important bridge between the simple close-packed periodic and quasiperiodic crystals. The recent discovery of the Frank-Kasper σ-phase in diblock and tetrablock polymers stimulated the experiments reported here on a poly(isoprene-b-lactide) diblock copolymer melt. Analysis of small-angle X-ray scattering and mechanical spectroscopy exposes an undiscovered competition between the tendency to form self-assembled particles with spherical symmetry, and the necessity to fill space at uniform density within the framework imposed by the lattice. We thus deduce surprising analogies between the symmetry breaking at the body-centered cubic phase to σ-phase transition in diblock copolymers, mediated by exchange of mass, and the symmetry breaking in certain metals and alloys (such as the elements Mn and U), mediated by exchange of charge. Similar connections are made between the role of sphericity in real space for polymer systems, and the role of sphericity in reciprocal space for metallic systems such as intermetallic compounds and alloys. These findings establish new links between disparate materials classes, provide opportunities to improve the understanding of complex crystallization by building on synergies between hard and soft matter, and, perhaps most significantly, challenge the view that the symmetry breaking required to form reduced symmetry structures (possibly even quasiperiodic crystals) requires particles with multiple predetermined shapes and/or sizes. PMID:25378703

  18. Effects of Symmetry Breaking and Conductive Contact on the Plasmon Coupling in Gold Nanorod Dimers

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    Slaughter, Liane S.; Wu, Yanpeng; Willingham, Britain A.; Nordlander, Peter; Link, Stephan

    2010-08-24

    We have explored the consequences of symmetry breaking on the coupled surface plasmon resonances in individual dimers of gold nanorods using single-particle dark-field scattering spectroscopy and numerical simulations. Pairs of chemically grown nanorods can exhibit wide variation in sizes, gap distances, and relative orientation angles. The combination of single-particle spectroscopy and theoretical analysis allowed us to discern the effects of specific asymmetry-inducing parameters one at a time. The dominant influence of symmetry breaking occurred for longitudinal resonances in strongly coupled nanorods in linear end-to-end configurations. In particular, we found that the normally dark antibonding dimer mode becomes visible when the sizes of the two nanorods are different. In addition, we observed a conductively coupled plasmon mode that was red-shifted by at least 250 nm from the bonding plasmon mode for the corresponding nontouching geometry. Gaining detailed insight into how symmetry breaking influences coupled surface plasmon resonances of individual nanorod dimers is an important step toward the general understanding of the optical properties of assemblies of chemically synthesized nanorods with unavoidable irregularities in size and orientation.

  19. On one-step replica symmetry breaking in the Edwards–Anderson spin glass model

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    Del Ferraro, Gino; Wang, Chuang; Zhou, Hai-Jun; Aurell, Erik

    2016-07-01

    We consider a one-step replica symmetry breaking description of the Edwards–Anderson spin glass model in 2D. The ingredients of this description are a Kikuchi approximation to the free energy and a second-level statistical model built on the extremal points of the Kikuchi approximation, which are also fixed points of a generalized belief propagation (GBP) scheme. We show that a generalized free energy can be constructed where these extremal points are exponentially weighted by their Kikuchi free energy and a Parisi parameter y, and that the Kikuchi approximation of this generalized free energy leads to second-level, one-step replica symmetry breaking (1RSB), GBP equations. We then proceed analogously to the Bethe approximation case for tree-like graphs, where it has been shown that 1RSB belief propagation equations admit a survey propagation solution. We discuss when and how the one-step-replica symmetry breaking GBP equations that we obtain also allow a simpler class of solutions which can be interpreted as a class of generalized survey propagation equations for the single instance graph case.

  20. Clarification of symmetry breaking mechanism in intrinsic rotation of tokamak plasmas

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    Yi, S.; Kwon, J. M.; Rhee, T.; Diamond, P. H.; Kim, J. Y.

    2010-11-01

    Intrinsic rotation of tokamak plasmas is considered to be generated by non-diffusive stress (i.e. residual stress) induced by asymmetric k|| turbulence spectrum. To study the symmetry breaking mechanisms in intrinsic rotation, we have performed numerical simulations of intrinsic rotation by ITG turbulence using the gKPSP code, a delta-f global PIC code for tokamak. It is found that not only distortion of turbulence spectrum by ExB shear but also spatial diffusion of wave momentum driven by turbulence intensity gradient play an important role in the symmetry breaking mechanism, as expected from a theory [1]. It is hard to recognize individual contribution of ExB shear and turbulence intensity gradient to the residual stress because their evolution is strongly coupled with the prey-predator feature [2]. To clarify their role, a comprehensive analysis including their nonlinear coupling is performed. The key symmetry breaking mechanism is identified for various physics situations. [4pt] [1] P.H. Diamond, et al., Phys. of Plasmas 15, 012303 (2008). [0pt] [2] P.H. Diamond, et al., PRL 72, 2565 (1994).

  1. Dynamical instability induced by the zero mode under symmetry breaking external perturbation

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    Takahashi, J. Nakamura, Y. Yamanaka, Y.

    2014-08-15

    A complex eigenvalue in the Bogoliubov–de Gennes equations for a stationary Bose-Einstein condensate in the ultracold atomic system indicates the dynamical instability of the system. We also have the modes with zero eigenvalues for the condensate, called the zero modes, which originate from the spontaneous breakdown of symmetries. Although the zero modes are suppressed in many theoretical analyses, we take account of them in this paper and argue that a zero mode can change into one with a pure imaginary eigenvalue by applying a symmetry breaking external perturbation potential. This emergence of a pure imaginary mode adds a new type of scenario of dynamical instability to that characterized by the complex eigenvalue of the usual excitation modes. For illustration, we deal with two one-dimensional homogeneous Bose–Einstein condensate systems with a single dark soliton under a respective perturbation potential, breaking the invariance under translation, to derive pure imaginary modes. - Highlights: • Zero modes are important but ignored in many theories for the cold atomic system. • We discuss the zero mode under symmetry breaking potential in this system. • We consider the zero mode of translational invariance for a single dark soliton. • We show that it turns into an anomalous or pure imaginary mode.

  2. Vacuum stability and radiative electroweak symmetry breaking in an SO(10) dark matter model

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    Mambrini, Yann; Nagata, Natsumi; Olive, Keith A.; Zheng, Jiaming

    2016-06-01

    Vacuum stability in the Standard Model is problematic as the Higgs quartic self-coupling runs negative at a renormalization scale of about 1010 GeV . We consider a nonsupersymmetric SO(10) grand unification model for which gauge coupling unification is made possible through an intermediate scale gauge group, Gint=SU (3 )C⊗SU (2 )L⊗SU (2 )R⊗U (1 )B -L . Gint is broken by the vacuum expectation value of a 126 of SO(10) which not only provides for neutrino masses through the seesaw mechanism but also preserves a discrete Z2 that can account for the stability of a dark matter candidate, here taken to be the Standard Model singlet component of a bosonic 16 . We show that in addition to these features the model insures the positivity of the Higgs quartic coupling through its interactions to the dark matter multiplet and 126 . We also show that the Higgs mass squared runs negative, triggering electroweak symmetry breaking. Thus, the vacuum stability is achieved along with radiative electroweak symmetry breaking and captures two more important elements of supersymmetric models without low-energy supersymmetry. The conditions for perturbativity of quartic couplings and for radiative electroweak symmetry breaking lead to tight upper and lower limits on the dark matter mass, respectively, and this dark matter mass region (1.35-2 TeV) can be probed in future direct detection experiments.

  3. Weyl gauge-vector and complex dilaton scalar for conformal symmetry and its breaking

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    Ohanian, Hans C.

    2016-03-01

    Instead of the scalar "dilaton" field that is usually adopted to construct conformally invariant Lagrangians for gravitation, we here propose a hybrid construction, involving both a complex dilaton scalar and a Weyl gauge-vector, in accord with Weyl's original concept of a non-Riemannian conformal geometry with a transport law for length and time intervals, for which this gauge vector is required. Such a hybrid construction permits us to avoid the wrong sign of the dilaton kinetic term (the ghost problem) that afflicts the usual construction. The introduction of a Weyl gauge-vector and its interaction with the dilaton also has the collateral benefit of providing an explicit mechanism for spontaneous breaking of the conformal symmetry, whereby the dilaton and the Weyl gauge-vector acquire masses somewhat smaller than {m}_{P} by the Coleman-Weinberg mechanism. Conformal symmetry breaking is assumed to precede inflation, which occurs later by a separate GUT or electroweak symmetry breaking, as in inflationary models based on the Higgs boson.

  4. Symmetry breaking induced excitations of dark plasmonic modes in multilayer graphene ribbons.

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    Dai, Y Y; Chen, A; Xia, Y Y; Han, D Z; Liu, X H; Shi, L; Zi, J

    2016-09-01

    Multilayer graphene can support multiple plasmon bands. If structured into graphene ribbons, they can support multiple localized plasmonic modes with interesting optical properties. However, not all such plasmonic modes can be excited directly due to the constrains of the structural symmetry. We show by numerical simulations that by breaking the symmetry all plasmonic modes can be excited. We discuss the general principles and properties of two-layer graphene ribbons and then extend to multilayer graphene ribbons. In multilayer graphene ribbons with different ribbon widths, a tunable broadband absorption can be attained due to the excitations of all plasmonic modes. Our results suggest that these symmetry-broken multilayer graphene ribbons could offer more degrees of freedom in designing photonic devices. PMID:27607610

  5. Radiative electroweak symmetry breaking model perturbative all the way to the Planck scale.

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    Chway, Dongjin; Dermíšek, Radovan; Jung, Tae Hyun; Kim, Hyung Do

    2014-08-01

    We discuss an extension of the standard model by fields not charged under standard model gauge symmetry in which the electroweak symmetry breaking is driven by the Higgs quartic coupling itself without the need for a negative mass term in the potential. This is achieved by a scalar field S with a large coupling to the Higgs field at the electroweak scale which is driven to very small values at high energies by the gauge coupling of a hidden symmetry under which S is charged. This model can remain perturbative all the way to the Planck scale. The Higgs boson is fully standard-model-like in its couplings to fermions and gauge bosons. However, the effective cubic and quartic self-couplings of the Higgs boson are significantly enhanced. PMID:25126909

  6. Transport of Parallel Momentum Induced by Current-Symmetry Breaking in Toroidal Plasmas

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    Camenen, Y.; Peeters, A. G.; Casson, F. J.; Hornsby, W. A.; Snodin, A. P.; Angioni, C.; Strintzi, D.

    2009-03-27

    The symmetry of a physical system strongly impacts on its properties. In toroidal plasmas, the symmetry along a magnetic field line usually constrains the radial flux of parallel momentum to zero in the absence of background flows. By breaking the up-down symmetry of the toroidal currents, this constraint can be relaxed. The parallel asymmetry in the magnetic configuration then leads to an incomplete cancellation of the turbulent momentum flux across a flux surface. The magnitude of the subsequent toroidal rotation increases with the up-down asymmetry and its sign depends on the direction of the toroidal magnetic field and plasma current. Such a mechanism offers new insights in the interpretation and control of the intrinsic toroidal rotation in present day experiments.

  7. Detecting and identifying two-dimensional symmetry-protected topological, symmetry-breaking, and intrinsic topological phases with modular matrices via tensor-network methods

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    Huang, Ching-Yu; Wei, Tzu-Chieh

    2016-04-01

    Symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases exhibit nontrivial order if symmetry is respected but are adiabatically connected to the trivial product phase if symmetry is not respected. However, unlike the symmetry-breaking phase, there is no local order parameter for SPT phases. Here we employ a tensor-network method to compute the topological invariants characterized by the simulated modular S and T matrices to study transitions in a few families of two-dimensional (2D) wave functions which are ZN (N =2 and3 ) symmetric. We find that in addition to the topologically ordered phases, the modular matrices can be used to identify nontrivial SPT phases and detect transitions between different SPT phases as well as between symmetric and symmetry-breaking phases. Therefore modular matrices can be used to characterize various types of gapped phases in a unifying way.

  8. Chirality-related interactions and a mirror symmetry violation in handed nano structures

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    Gabuda, S. P.; Kozlova, S. G.

    2014-07-28

    Hindering of inversion transitions and a violation of mirror symmetry of the right- and left-handed configurations of diazabizyclooctane (dabco, N{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 12}) enantiomers has been studied with low-temperature adiabatic calorimetry. The dabco molecules were sandwiched in a high-porous layered structure of a metal organic framework (MOF) compound. We show from the data of low-temperature adiabatic calorimetry and {sup 1}H NMR spin relaxation method that hindering of inversion transitions of dabco molecules cannot be associated with the influence of the intracrystalline self-consistent molecular field as a continuously monitoring environment within the quantum Zeno effect. In addition, lack of another manifestation of this effect associated with the collisional suppression of the inversion transitions in MOF samples impregnated by helium has been shown. These results lead to the conclusion that chiral polarization is related to the fundamental effect of parity nonconservation.

  9. Chirality-related interactions and a mirror symmetry violation in handed nano structures.

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    Gabuda, S P; Kozlova, S G

    2014-07-28

    Hindering of inversion transitions and a violation of mirror symmetry of the right- and left-handed configurations of diazabizyclooctane (dabco, N2C6H12) enantiomers has been studied with low-temperature adiabatic calorimetry. The dabco molecules were sandwiched in a high-porous layered structure of a metal organic framework (MOF) compound. We show from the data of low-temperature adiabatic calorimetry and (1)H NMR spin relaxation method that hindering of inversion transitions of dabco molecules cannot be associated with the influence of the intracrystalline self-consistent molecular field as a continuously monitoring environment within the quantum Zeno effect. In addition, lack of another manifestation of this effect associated with the collisional suppression of the inversion transitions in MOF samples impregnated by helium has been shown. These results lead to the conclusion that chiral polarization is related to the fundamental effect of parity nonconservation. PMID:25084931

  10. Four-port photonic structures with mirror-time reversal symmetries

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    Li, Huanan; Thomas, Roney; Ellis, F. M.; Kottos, Tsampikos

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the transport characteristics of a four-port gyrotropic photonic structure with mirror-time reversal symmetry. The structure consists of two coupled cavities with balanced amplification and attenuation. The cavities are placed on top of a gyrotropic substrate and are coupled to two bus waveguides. Using detail simulations in the microwave domain we demonstrate a strong non-reciprocal intra-guide port transport and an enhanced inter-guide port transmittance. The non-reciprocal features are dramatically amplified in the gain–loss parameter domain where an exceptional point degeneracy, for the associated isolated set-up, occurs. These results are explained theoretically in terms of an equivalent lumped circuit.

  11. Chirality-related interactions and a mirror symmetry violation in handed nano structures

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    Gabuda, S. P.; Kozlova, S. G.

    2014-07-01

    Hindering of inversion transitions and a violation of mirror symmetry of the right- and left-handed configurations of diazabizyclooctane (dabco, N2C6H12) enantiomers has been studied with low-temperature adiabatic calorimetry. The dabco molecules were sandwiched in a high-porous layered structure of a metal organic framework (MOF) compound. We show from the data of low-temperature adiabatic calorimetry and 1H NMR spin relaxation method that hindering of inversion transitions of dabco molecules cannot be associated with the influence of the intracrystalline self-consistent molecular field as a continuously monitoring environment within the quantum Zeno effect. In addition, lack of another manifestation of this effect associated with the collisional suppression of the inversion transitions in MOF samples impregnated by helium has been shown. These results lead to the conclusion that chiral polarization is related to the fundamental effect of parity nonconservation.

  12. Studies of strong electroweak symmetry breaking at future e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} linear colliders

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    Barklow, T.L.

    1994-08-01

    Methods of studying strong electroweak symmetry breaking at future e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} linear colliders are reviewed. Specifically, we review precision measurements of triple gauge boson vertex parameters and the rescattering of longitudinal W bosons in the process e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} {yields} W{sup +}W{sup {minus}}. Quantitative estimates of the sensitivity of each technique to strong electroweak symmetry breaking are included.

  13. Symmetry breaking and finite-size effects in quantum many-body systems

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    Koma, Tohru; Tasaki, Hal

    1994-08-01

    We consider a quantum many-body system on a lattice which exhibits a spontaneous symmetry breaking in its infinite-volume ground states, but in which the corresponding order operator does not commute with the Hamiltonian. Typical examples are the Heisenberg antiferromagnet with a Neel order and the Hubbard model with a (superconducting) off-diagonal long-range order. In the corresponding finite system, the symmetry breaking is usually {open_quotes}obscured{close_quotes} by {open_quotes}quantum fluctuation{close_quotes} and one gets a symmetric ground state with a long-range order. In such a situation, Horsch and von der Linden proved that the finite system has a low-lying eigenstate whose excitation energy is not more than of order N{sup {minus}1}, where N denotes the number of sites in the lattice. Here we study the situation where the broken symmetry is a continuous one. For a particular set of states (which are orthogonal to the ground state and with each other), we proved bounds for their energy expectation values. The bounds establish that there exist ever-increasing numbers of low-lying eigenstates whose excitation energies are bounded by a constant times N{sup {minus}1}. A crucial feature of the particular low-lying states we consider is that they can be regarded as finite-volume counterparts of this infinite-volume ground states. By forming linear combinations of these low-lying states and the (finite-volume) ground state and by taking infinite-volume limits, we construct infinite-volume ground states with explicit symmetry breaking. We conjecture that these infinite-volume ground states are ergodic, i.e., physically natural. Our general theorems not only shed light on the nature of symmetry breaking in quantum many-body systems, but also provide indispensable information for numerical approaches to these systems. We also discuss applications of our general results to a variety of interesting examples.

  14. Spontaneous PT -symmetry breaking in non-Hermitian Kitaev and extended Kitaev models

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    Wang, Xiaohui; Liu, Tingting; Xiong, Ye; Tong, Peiqing

    2015-07-01

    The spontaneous parity-time (PT ) symmetry breaking is discussed in non-Hermitian PT -symmetric Kitaev and extended Kitaev models whose Hermiticity is broken by the presence of two conjugated imaginary potentials ±i γ at two end sites. In the case of the non-Hermitian Kitaev model, a spontaneous PT -symmetry breaking transition (S PT B T ) occurs at a certain γc in the topologically trivial phase (TTP) region, similar to that of the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) model. However, unlike the SSH model, the system also undergoes such a transition in the topologically nontrivial phase (TNP) region. We study an extended Kitaev model by combining the superconducting pairing in the Kitaev model and the staggered hopping in the SSH model. This model contains three different topological phases: the TTP, the Kitaev-like TNP, and the SSH-like TNP. For the non-Hermitian extended Kitaev model, a S PT B T occurs in the Kitaev-like TNP region, as well as in part of the TTP and SSH-like TNP regions, whereas the PT symmetry is broken for an arbitrary nonzero γ in the rest of the TTP and SSH-like TNP regions. Therefore, we can conclude that there is no universal correlation between topological properties and the S PT B T .

  15. The pseudo-conformal universe: scale invariance from spontaneous breaking of conformal symmetry

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    Hinterbichler, Kurt; Khoury, Justin E-mail: jkhoury@sas.upenn.edu

    2012-04-01

    We present a novel theory of the very early universe which addresses the traditional horizon and flatness problems of big bang cosmology and predicts a scale invariant spectrum of perturbations. Unlike inflation, this scenario requires no exponential accelerated expansion of space-time. Instead, the early universe is described by a conformal field theory minimally coupled to gravity. The conformal fields develop a time-dependent expectation value which breaks the flat space so(4,2) conformal symmetry down to so(4,1), the symmetries of de Sitter, giving perturbations a scale invariant spectrum. The solution is an attractor, at least in the case of a single time-dependent field. Meanwhile, the metric background remains approximately flat but slowly contracts, which makes the universe increasingly flat, homogeneous and isotropic, akin to the smoothing mechanism of ekpyrotic cosmology. Our scenario is very general, requiring only a conformal field theory capable of developing the appropriate time-dependent expectation values, and encompasses existing incarnations of this idea, specifically the U(1) model of Rubakov and the Galileon Genesis scenario. Its essential features depend only on the symmetry breaking pattern and not on the details of the underlying lagrangian. It makes generic observational predictions that make it potentially distinguishable from standard inflation, in particular significant non-gaussianities and the absence of primordial gravitational waves.

  16. Interacting spins in a cavity: Finite-size effects and symmetry-breaking dynamics

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    Gammelmark, Søren; Mølmer, Klaus

    2012-04-01

    We calculate the ground state and simulate the dynamics of a finite chain of spins with Ising nearest-neighbor interactions and a Dicke collective spin interaction with a single-mode cavity field. We recover the signatures of first- and second-order phase transitions predicted by mean-field theory, and for small chains, we find significant and nontrivial finite-size effects. Below the first-order phase transition, even quite large spin chains of 30-40 spins give rise to a mean photon number and number fluctuations significantly above the mean-field vacuum result. Near the second-order phase critical point, our calculations reveal photon number fluctuations that grow beyond Poisson statistics with the size of the spin chain. We simulate the stochastic evolution of the system when the cavity output field is subject to homodyne detection. For an initial state close to the first-order phase-transition the random character of the measurement process causes a measurement-induced symmetry breaking in the system. This symmetry breaking occurs on the time scale needed for an observer to gather sufficient information to distinguish between the two possible (mean-field) symmetry-broken states.

  17. Evidence that centre vortices underpin dynamical chiral symmetry breaking in SU (3) gauge theory

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    Trewartha, Daniel; Kamleh, Waseem; Leinweber, Derek

    2015-07-01

    The link between dynamical chiral symmetry breaking and centre vortices in the gauge fields of pure SU (3) gauge theory is studied using the overlap-fermion quark propagator in Lattice QCD. Overlap fermions provide a lattice realisation of chiral symmetry and consequently offer a unique opportunity to explore the interplay of centre vortices, instantons and dynamical mass generation. Simulations are performed on gauge fields featuring the removal of centre vortices, identified through gauge transformations maximising the center of the gauge group. In contrast to previous results using the staggered-fermion action, the overlap-fermion results illustrate a loss of dynamical chiral symmetry breaking coincident with vortex removal. This result is linked to the overlap-fermion's sensitivity to the subtle manner in which instanton degrees of freedom are compromised through the process of centre vortex removal. Backgrounds consisting solely of the identified centre vortices are also investigated. After smoothing the vortex-only gauge fields, we observe dynamical mass generation on the vortex-only backgrounds consistent within errors with the original gauge-field ensemble following the same smoothing. Through visualizations of the instanton-like degrees of freedom in the various gauge-field ensembles, we find evidence of a link between the centre vortex and instanton structure of the vacuum. While vortex removal destabilizes instanton-like objects under O (a4)-improved cooling, vortex-only backgrounds provide gauge-field degrees of freedom sufficient to create instantons upon cooling.

  18. SU (3)F gauge family model and new symmetry breaking scale from FCNC processes

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    Bao, Shou-Shan; Liu, Zhuo; Wu, Yue-Liang

    2016-03-01

    Based on the SU (3)F gauge family symmetry model which was proposed to explain the observed mass and mixing pattern of neutrinos, we investigate the symmetry breaking, the mixing pattern in quark and lepton sectors, and the contribution of the new gauge bosons to some flavour changing neutral currents (FCNC) processes at low energy. With the current data of the mass differences in the neutral pseudo-scalar P0-Pbar0 systems, we find that the SU (3)F symmetry breaking scale can be as low as 300 TeV and the mass of the lightest gauge boson be about 100 TeV. Other FCNC processes, such as the lepton flavour number violation process μ- →e-e+e- and the semi-leptonic rare decay K → π ν bar ν, contain contributions via the new gauge bosons exchanging. With the constrains obtained from P0-Pbar0 system, we estimate that the contribution of the new physics is around 10-16, far below the current experimental bounds.

  19. Symmetry breaking in nematic liquid crystals: analogy with cosmology and magnetism

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    Repnik, R.; Ranjkesh, A.; Simonka, V.; Ambrozic, M.; Bradac, Z.; Kralj, S.

    2013-10-01

    Universal behavior related to continuous symmetry breaking in nematic liquid crystals is studied using Brownian molecular dynamics. A three-dimensional lattice system of rod-like objects interacting via the Lebwohl-Lasher interaction is considered. We test the applicability of predictions originally derived in cosmology and magnetism. In the first part we focus on coarsening dynamics following the temperature driven isotropic-nematic phase transition for different quench rates. The behavior in the early coarsening regime supports predictions made originally by Kibble in cosmology. For fast enough quenches, symmetry breaking and causality give rise to a dense tangle of defects. When the degree of orientational ordering is large enough, well defined protodomains characterized by a single average domain length are formed. With time subcritical domains gradually vanish and supercritical domains grow with time, exhibiting a universal scaling law. In the second part of the paper we study the impact of random-field-type disorder on a range of ordering in the (symmetry broken) nematic phase. We demonstrate that short-range order is observed even for a minute concentration of impurities, giving rise to disorder in line with the Imry-Ma theorem prediction only for the appropriate history of systems.

  20. The origin of space-time as W-symmetry breaking in string theory

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    Ellis, John; Mavromatos, N. E.; Nanopoulos, D. V.

    1992-08-01

    Physics in the neighbourhood of a space-time metric singularity is described by a world-sheet topological gauge field theory which can be represented as a twisted N = 2 super-conformal Wess-Zumino model with a W 1+∞⊗W 1+∞ bosonic symmetry. The measurable W-hair associated with the singularity is associated with Wilson loop integrals around gauge defects. The breaking of W 1+∞⊗W 1+∞→W 1+∞ is associated with expectation values for open Wilson lines that make the metric non-singular away from the singularity. This symmetry breaking is accompanied by massless discrete “tachyon” states that appear as leg poles in S-matrix elements. The triviality of the S-matrix in the high-energy limit of the c = 1 string model, after renormalization by the leg pole factors, is due to the restoration of double W-symmetry at the singularity.

  1. Dynamical symmetry breaking, gauge fields, and stability in four-Fermi, non-abelian interactions

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    Portney, M.N.

    1983-01-01

    The Nambu model of dynamical breaking of global symmetry is extended to the case of non-abelian SU(N) models. The possible patterns of symmetry breaking are investigated, and the masses of the composite spinless particles are found. Corresponding to each broken generator, this composite is the massless Goldstone boson. When the global symmetries are made local by the addition of gauge fields, the composite pseudoscalar Goldstone bosons disappear and the axial gauge fields become massive. This is analogous to the Higgs mechanism, but without the introduction of fundamental scalar fields. The composite scalar Goldstone bosons remain in the theory, and the vector gauge fields are still massless. This is in agreement with the charge conjugation argument. The stability of the possible solutions is discussed using several criteria. It is concluded that in theories with zero bare mass, if a nontrivial solution exists, the completely symmetric massive solution is realized. If the bare mass is symmetric and non-zero, asymmetric solutions may be found, with corresponding scalar Goldstone composites. These violate the persistent mass condition of Preskill and Weinberg.

  2. Local inversion-symmetry breaking controls the boson peak in glasses and crystals

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    Milkus, R.; Zaccone, A.

    2016-03-01

    It is well known that amorphous solids display a phonon spectrum where the Debye ˜ω2 law at low frequency melds into an anomalous excess-mode peak (the boson peak) before entering a quasilocalized regime at higher frequencies dominated by scattering. The microscopic origin of the boson peak has remained elusive despite various attempts to put it in a clear connection with structural disorder at the atomic/molecular level. Using numerical calculations on model systems, we show that the microscopic origin of the boson peak is directly controlled by the local breaking of center-inversion symmetry. In particular, we find that both the boson peak and the nonaffine softening of the material display a strong correlation with a new order parameter describing the local inversion symmetry of the lattice. The standard bond-orientational order parameter, instead, is shown to be inadequate and cannot explain the boson peak in randomly-cut crystals with perfect bond-orientational order. Our results bring a unifying understanding of the boson peak anomaly for model glasses and defective crystals in terms of a universal local symmetry-breaking principle of the lattice.

  3. Symmetry breaking in nematic liquid crystals: analogy with cosmology and magnetism.

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    Repnik, R; Ranjkesh, A; Simonka, V; Ambrozic, M; Bradac, Z; Kralj, S

    2013-10-01

    Universal behavior related to continuous symmetry breaking in nematic liquid crystals is studied using Brownian molecular dynamics. A three-dimensional lattice system of rod-like objects interacting via the Lebwohl-Lasher interaction is considered. We test the applicability of predictions originally derived in cosmology and magnetism. In the first part we focus on coarsening dynamics following the temperature driven isotropic-nematic phase transition for different quench rates. The behavior in the early coarsening regime supports predictions made originally by Kibble in cosmology. For fast enough quenches, symmetry breaking and causality give rise to a dense tangle of defects. When the degree of orientational ordering is large enough, well defined protodomains characterized by a single average domain length are formed. With time subcritical domains gradually vanish and supercritical domains grow with time, exhibiting a universal scaling law. In the second part of the paper we study the impact of random-field-type disorder on a range of ordering in the (symmetry broken) nematic phase. We demonstrate that short-range order is observed even for a minute concentration of impurities, giving rise to disorder in line with the Imry-Ma theorem prediction only for the appropriate history of systems. PMID:24025777

  4. Criteria for the absence of quantum fluctuations after spontaneous symmetry breaking

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    Beekman, Aron J.

    2015-10-15

    The lowest-energy state of a macroscopic system in which symmetry is spontaneously broken, is a very stable wavepacket centered around a spontaneously chosen, classical direction in symmetry space. However, for a Heisenberg ferromagnet the quantum groundstate is exactly the classical groundstate, there are no quantum fluctuations. This coincides with seven exceptional properties of the ferromagnet, including spontaneous time-reversal symmetry breaking, a reduced number of Nambu–Goldstone modes and the absence of a thin spectrum (Anderson tower of states). Recent discoveries of other non-relativistic systems with fewer Nambu–Goldstone modes suggest these specialties apply there as well. I establish precise criteria for the absence of quantum fluctuations and all the other features. In particular, it is not sufficient that the order parameter operator commutes with the Hamiltonian. It leads to a measurably larger coherence time of superpositions in small but macroscopic systems. - Highlights: • Precise criteria for absence of quantum fluctuations in symmetry-broken states are established. • It is not sufficient that the order parameter commutes with the Hamiltonian. • Clarifies relation between quantum fluctuations and type-B Nambu–Goldstone modes. • Testable through absence of fundamental limit on maximum coherence time of macroscopic superpositions.

  5. Symmetry breaking patterns of the 3-3-1 model at finite temperature

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    Borges, J. Sá; Ramos, Rudnei O.

    2016-06-01

    We consider the minimal version of an extension of the standard electroweak model based on the SU(3)_c × SU(3)_L × U(1)_X gauge symmetry (the 3-3-1 model). We analyze the most general potential constructed from three scalars in the triplet representation of SU(3)_L, whose neutral components develop nonzero vacuum expectation values, giving mass for all the model's massive particles. For different choices of parameters, we obtain the particle spectrum for the two symmetry breaking scales: one where the SU(3)_L × U(1)_X group is broken down to SU(2)_L× U(1)_Y and a lower scale similar to the standard model one. Within the considerations used, we show that the model encodes two first-order phase transitions, respecting the pattern of symmetry restoration. The last transition, corresponding to the standard electroweak one, is found to be very weak first-order, most likely turning second-order or a crossover in practice. However, the first transition in this model can be strongly first-order, which might happen at a temperature not too high above the second one. We determine the respective critical temperatures for symmetry restoration for the model.

  6. Lattice Symmetry Breaking of Spin Wave Propagation in Two-Dimensional Magnonic Crystals

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    Sietsema, Glade; Flatté, Michael E.

    2014-03-01

    We solve the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for spin waves in a two-dimensional magnonic crystal using the plane wave expansion method. In doing this we have found that the inclusion of the dipolar field in the LLG equation results in the dispersion relations and linewidths having a lower symmetry than the crystal latice. The magnitude of this symmetry breaking is determined by the strength of the dipolar field relative to the exchange field. Adjusting the crystal parameters can change the relative strength of these fields, thereby allowing this effect to be enhanced or reduced. We have also calculated the Green's functions for this system, which show highly directional propagation of the spin waves depending on the excitation frequency. This work was supported in part by C-SPIN, one of six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program, sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.

  7. Shape Transitions and Chiral Symmetry Breaking in the Energy Landscape of the Mitotic Chromosome

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    Zhang, Bin; Wolynes, Peter G.

    2016-06-01

    We derive an unbiased information theoretic energy landscape for chromosomes at metaphase using a maximum entropy approach that accurately reproduces the details of the experimentally measured pairwise contact probabilities between genomic loci. Dynamical simulations using this landscape lead to cylindrical, helically twisted structures reflecting liquid crystalline order. These structures are similar to those arising from a generic ideal homogenized chromosome energy landscape. The helical twist can be either right or left handed so chiral symmetry is broken spontaneously. The ideal chromosome landscape when augmented by interactions like those leading to topologically associating domain formation in the interphase chromosome reproduces these behaviors. The phase diagram of this landscape shows that the helical fiber order and the cylindrical shape persist at temperatures above the onset of chiral symmetry breaking, which is limited by the topologically associating domain interaction strength.

  8. Parity-time symmetry-breaking mechanism of dynamic Mott transitions in dissipative systems

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    Tripathi, Vikram; Galda, Alexey; Barman, Himadri; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2016-07-01

    We describe the critical behavior of the electric field-driven (dynamic) Mott insulator-to-metal transitions in dissipative Fermi and Bose systems in terms of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians invariant under simultaneous parity (P ) and time-reversal (T ) operations. The dynamic Mott transition is identified as a PT symmetry-breaking phase transition, with the Mott insulating state corresponding to the regime of unbroken PT symmetry with a real energy spectrum. We establish that the imaginary part of the Hamiltonian arises from the combined effects of the driving field and inherent dissipation. We derive the renormalization and collapse of the Mott gap at the dielectric breakdown and describe the resulting critical behavior of transport characteristics. The obtained critical exponent is in an excellent agreement with experimental findings.

  9. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in cosmos: the hybrid symmetron as a dark energy switching device

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    Bamba, K.; Nojiri, S.; Gannouji, R.; Kamijo, M.; Sami, M. E-mail: gannouji@rs.kagu.tus.ac.jp E-mail: nojiri@phys.nagoya-u.ac.jp

    2013-07-01

    We consider symmetron model in a generalized background with a hope to make it compatible with dark energy. We observe a ''no go'' theorem at least in case of a conformal coupling. Being convinced of symmetron incapability to be dark energy, we try to retain its role for spontaneous symmetry breaking and assign the role of dark energy either to standard quintessence or F(R) theory which are switched on by symmetron field in the symmetry broken phase. The scenario reduces to standard Einstein gravity in the high density region. After the phase transition generated by symmetron field, either the F(R) gravity or the standard quintessence are induced in the low density region. we demonstrate that local gravity constraints and other requirements are satisfied although the model could generate the late-time acceleration of Universe.

  10. Bilayer graphene under pressure: Electron-hole symmetry breaking, valley Hall effect, and Landau levels

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    Munoz, F.; Collado, H. P. Ojeda; Usaj, Gonzalo; Sofo, Jorge O.; Balseiro, C. A.

    2016-06-01

    The electronic structure of bilayer graphene under pressure develops very interesting features with an enhancement of the trigonal warping and a splitting of the parabolic touching bands at the K point of the reciprocal space into four Dirac cones, one at K and three along the T symmetry lines. As pressure is increased, these cones separate in reciprocal space and in energy, breaking the electron-hole symmetry. Due to their energy separation, their opposite Berry curvature can be observed in valley Hall effect experiments and in the structure of the Landau levels. Based on the electronic structure obtained by density functional theory, we develop a low energy Hamiltonian that describes the effects of pressure on measurable quantities such as the Hall conductivity and the Landau levels of the system.

  11. Low-energy signals of strongly-coupled electroweak symmetry-breaking scenarios

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    Pich, Antonio; Rosell, Ignasi; Santos, Joaquín; Sanz-Cillero, Juan José

    2016-03-01

    The nonobservation of new particles at the LHC suggests the existence of a mass gap above the electroweak scale. This situation is adequately described through a general electroweak effective theory with the established fields and Standard Model symmetries. Its couplings contain all information about the unknown short-distance dynamics which is accessible at low energies. We consider a generic strongly coupled scenario of electroweak symmetry breaking, with heavy states above the gap, and analyze the imprints that its lightest bosonic excitations leave on the effective Lagrangian couplings. Different quantum numbers of the heavy states imply different patterns of low-energy couplings, with characteristic correlations which could be identified in future data samples. The predictions can be sharpened with mild assumptions about the ultraviolet behaviour of the underlying fundamental theory.

  12. Mechanogenetic Coupling of Hydra Symmetry Breaking and Driven Turing Instability Model

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    Soriano, Jordi; Rüdiger, Sten; Pullarkat, Pramod; Ott, Albrecht

    2009-01-01

    The freshwater polyp Hydra can regenerate from tissue fragments or random cell aggregates. We show that the axis-defining step (“symmetry breaking”) of regeneration requires mechanical inflation-collapse oscillations of the initial cell ball. We present experimental evidence that axis definition is retarded if these oscillations are slowed down mechanically. When biochemical signaling related to axis formation is perturbed, the oscillation phase is extended and axis formation is retarded as well. We suggest that mechanical oscillations play a triggering role in axis definition. We extend earlier reaction-diffusion models for Hydra regrowth by coupling morphogen transport to mechanical stress caused by the oscillations. The modified reaction-diffusion model reproduces well two important experimental observations: 1), the existence of an optimum size for regeneration, and 2), the dependence of the symmetry breaking time on the properties of the mechanical oscillations. PMID:19217880

  13. Is the Higgs boson associated with Coleman-Weinberg dynamical symmetry breaking?

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    Hill, Christopher T.

    2014-04-01

    The Higgs mechanism may be a quantum phenomenon, i.e., a Coleman-Weinberg potential generated by the explicit breaking of scale symmetry in Feynman loops. We review the relationship of scale symmetry, trace anomalies, and emphasize the role of the renormalization group in determining Coleman- Weinberg potentials. We propose a simple phenomenological model with "maximal visibility" at the LHC containing a "dormant" Higgs doublet (no VEV, coupled to standard model gauge interactions $SU(2)\\times U(1)$) with a mass of $\\sim 380$ GeV. We discuss the LHC phenomenology and UV challenges of such a model. We also give a schematic model in which new heavy fermions, with masses $\\sim 230$ GeV, can drive a Coleman-Weinberg potential at two-loops. The role of the "improved stress tensor" is emphasized, and we propose a non-gravitational term, analogous to the $\\theta$-term in QCD, which generates it from a scalar action.

  14. Non-analytic quantum oscillator image of complete replica symmetry breaking

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    Oppermann, R.; Schenck, H.

    2012-01-01

    We describe the effect of replica symmetry breaking in the field distribution function P(h) of the T = 0 Sherrington-Kirkpatrick (SK) model as the difference between a split Gaussian and the first excited state ψ1 of a weakly anharmonic oscillator with non-analytic shift by means of the analogy P(h) ↔ |ψ1(x)|. New numerical calculations of the leading 100 orders of replica symmetry breaking (RSB) were performed in order to obtain P(h), employing the exact mapping between the density of states ρ(E) of the fermionic SK model and P(h) of the standard model, as derived by Perez-Castillo and Sherrington. Fast convergence towards a fixed point function ρ(E) for infinite steps of RSB is observed. A surprisingly small number of harmonic oscillator wavefunctions suffices to represent this fixed point function. This allows us to determine an anharmonic potential V(x) with non-analytic shift, whose first excited state represents ρ(E) and hence P(h). The harmonic potential with unconventional shift V 2(x) ∼ (|x| - x 0)2 = (x - x 0 sign(x))2 already yields a very good approximation, since anharmonic couplings of V(x) - V 2(x) ∼ |x| m , m > 2, decay rapidly with increasing m. We compare the pseudo-gap-forming effect of replica symmetry breaking, hosted by the fermionic SK model, with the analogous effect in the Coulomb glass as designed by Davies, Lee and Rice, and described by Müller and Pankov.

  15. Roles of dynamical symmetry breaking in driving oblate-prolate transitions of atomic clusters

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    Oka, Yurie Yanao, Tomohiro; Koon, Wang Sang

    2015-04-07

    This paper explores the driving mechanisms for structural transitions of atomic clusters between oblate and prolate isomers. We employ the hyperspherical coordinates to investigate structural dynamics of a seven-atom cluster at a coarse-grained level in terms of the dynamics of three gyration radii and three principal axes, which characterize overall mass distributions of the cluster. Dynamics of gyration radii is governed by two kinds of forces. One is the potential force originating from the interactions between atoms. The other is the dynamical forces called the internal centrifugal forces, which originate from twisting and shearing motions of the system. The internal centrifugal force arising from twisting motions has an effect of breaking the symmetry between two gyration radii. As a result, in an oblate isomer, activation of the internal centrifugal force that has the effect of breaking the symmetry between the two largest gyration radii is crucial in triggering structural transitions into prolate isomers. In a prolate isomer, on the other hand, activation of the internal centrifugal force that has the effect of breaking the symmetry between the two smallest gyration radii is crucial in triggering structural transitions into oblate isomers. Activation of a twisting motion that switches the movement patterns of three principal axes is also important for the onset of structural transitions between oblate and prolate isomers. Based on these trigger mechanisms, we finally show that selective activations of specific gyration radii and twisting motions, depending on the isomer of the cluster, can effectively induce structural transitions of the cluster. The results presented here could provide further insights into the control of molecular reactions.

  16. Icosahedral symmetry breaking: C(60) to C(84), C(108) and to related nanotubes.

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    Bodner, Mark; Bourret, Emmanuel; Patera, Jiri; Szajewska, Marzena

    2015-05-01

    This paper completes the series of three independent articles [Bodner et al. (2013). Acta Cryst. A69, 583-591, (2014), PLOS ONE, 10.1371/journal.pone.0084079] describing the breaking of icosahedral symmetry to subgroups generated by reflections in three-dimensional Euclidean space {\\bb R}^3 as a mechanism of generating higher fullerenes from C60. The icosahedral symmetry of C60 can be seen as the junction of 17 orbits of a symmetric subgroup of order 4 of the icosahedral group of order 120. This subgroup is noted by A1 × A1, because it is isomorphic to the Weyl group of the semi-simple Lie algebra A1 × A1. Thirteen of the A1 × A1 orbits are rectangles and four are line segments. The orbits form a stack of parallel layers centered on the axis of C60 passing through the centers of two opposite edges between two hexagons on the surface of C60. These two edges are the only two line segment layers to appear on the surface shell. Among the 24 convex polytopes with shell formed by hexagons and 12 pentagons, having 84 vertices [Fowler & Manolopoulos (1992). Nature (London), 355, 428-430; Fowler & Manolopoulos (2007). An Atlas of Fullerenes. Dover Publications Inc.; Zhang et al. (1993). J. Chem. Phys. 98, 3095-3102], there are only two that can be identified with breaking of the H3 symmetry to A1 × A1. The remaining ones are just convex shells formed by regular hexagons and 12 pentagons without the involvement of the icosahedral symmetry. PMID:25921498

  17. Bose-Einstein condensate and spontaneous breaking of conformal symmetry on Killing horizons II

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    Moretti, Valter

    2006-03-15

    In the paper cited in the title [J. Math. Phys. 46, 062303 (2005)] local scalar QFT (in Weyl algebraic approach) has been constructed on degenerate semi-Riemannian manifolds S{sup 1}x{sigma} corresponding to the extension of Killing horizons by adding points at infinity to the null geodesic forming the horizon. It has been proved that the theory admits a natural representation of PSL(2,R) in terms of *-automorphisms and this representation is unitarily implementable if referring to a certain invariant state {lambda}. Among other results it has been proved that the theory admits a class of inequivalent algebraic (coherent) states {l_brace}{lambda}{sub {zeta}}{r_brace}, with {zeta} set-membership sign L{sup 2}({sigma}), which break part of the symmetry, in the sense that each of them is not invariant under the full group PSL(2,R) and so there is no unitary representation of whole group PSL(2,R) which leaves fixed the cyclic GNS vector. These states, if restricted to suitable portions of M are invariant and extremal KMS states with respect to a surviving one-parameter group symmetry. In this paper we clarify the nature of symmetry breakdown. We show that, in fact, spontaneous symmetry breaking occurs in the natural sense of algebraic quantum field theory: if {zeta}{ne}0, there is no unitary representation of whole group PSL(2,R) which implements the *-automorphism representation of PSL(2,R) itself in the GNS representation of {lambda}{sub {zeta}} (leaving fixed or not the state)

  18. Inflation and reheating in theories with spontaneous scale invariance symmetry breaking

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    Rinaldi, Massimiliano; Vanzo, Luciano

    2016-07-01

    We study a scale-invariant model of quadratic gravity with a nonminimally coupled scalar field. We focus on cosmological solutions and find that scale invariance is spontaneously broken and a mass scale naturally emerges. Before the symmetry breaking, the Universe undergoes an inflationary expansion with nearly the same observational predictions of Starobinsky's model. At the end of inflation, the Hubble parameter and the scalar field converge to a stable fixed point through damped oscillations and the usual Einstein-Hilbert action is recovered. The oscillations around the fixed point can reheat the Universe in various ways, and we study in detail some of these possibilities.

  19. Breaking symmetry in propagation of radially and azimuthally polarized high power laser pulses in underdense plasma

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    Pathak, Naveen; Zhidkov, Alexei; Nakanii, Nobuhiko; Masuda, Shinichi; Hosokai, Tomonao; Kodama, Ryosuke

    2016-03-01

    Propagation of relativistically intense azimuthally or radially polarized laser pulses (RPP) is demonstrated, via 3D particle-in-cell simulations, to be unstable in uniform underdense plasma. Strong breaking of the pulse symmetry occurs for RPP with power exceeding the critical one for self-focusing in transversely uniform plasma with an increment, Γ, close to the well-known Rayleigh-Taylor-like instability depending on the acceleration, α, and the modulated density gradient length, L, as Γ≈(α/L) 1 /2 . In deeper plasma channels, the instability vanishes. Electron self-injection in the pulse wake and resulting acceleration is explored.

  20. Dimer motion on a periodic substrate: Spontaneous symmetry breaking and absolute negative mobility

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    Speer, David; Eichhorn, Ralf; Evstigneev, Mykhaylo; Reimann, Peter

    2012-06-01

    We consider two coupled particles moving along a periodic substrate potential with negligible inertia effects (overdamped limit). Even when the particles are identical and the substrate spatially symmetric, a sinusoidal external driving of appropriate amplitude and frequency may lead to spontaneous symmetry breaking in the form of a permanent directed motion of the dimer. Thermal noise restores ergodicity and thus zero net velocity, but entails arbitrarily fast diffusion of the dimer for sufficiently weak noise. Moreover, upon application of a static bias force, the dimer exhibits a motion opposite to that force (absolute negative mobility). The key requirement for all these effects is a nonconvex interaction potential of the two particles.

  1. The phenomenon of spontaneous replica symmetry breaking in complex statistical mechanics systems

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    Guerra, Francesco

    2013-06-01

    We analyze the main aspects of the phenomenon of spontaneous replica symmetry breaking, introduced by Giorgio Parisi. We work in the frame of real replicas, by taking into account the simple case of the random energy model. In particular, we study the phase space diagram for systems of coupled replicas, and the connected phase transitions. Our considerations can be generalized to the more complicated models of mean field spin glasses and neural networks. We report also about a letter of Ettore Majorana, written in December 1937 to his uncle Dante, very interesting for its methodological content.

  2. Interfacial exchange-coupling induced chiral symmetry breaking of spin-orbit effects

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    Perna, P.; Ajejas, F.; Maccariello, D.; Fernandez Cuñado, J. L.; Guerrero, R.; Niño, M. A.; Bollero, A.; Miranda, R.; Camarero, J.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate that the interfacial exchange coupling in ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (FM/AFM) systems induces symmetry breaking of the spin-orbit (SO) effects. This has been done by studying the field and angle dependencies of anisotropic magnetoresistance and vectorial-resolved magnetization hysteresis loops, measured simultaneously and reproduced with numerical simulations. We show how the induced unidirectional magnetic anisotropy at the FM/AFM interface results in strong asymmetric transport behaviors, which are chiral around the magnetization hard-axis direction. Similar asymmetric features are anticipated in other SO-driven phenomena.

  3. Symmetry breaking and uniqueness for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations

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    Dascaliuc, Radu; Thomann, Enrique; Waymire, Edward C.; Michalowski, Nicholas

    2015-07-15

    The present article establishes connections between the structure of the deterministic Navier-Stokes equations and the structure of (similarity) equations that govern self-similar solutions as expected values of certain naturally associated stochastic cascades. A principle result is that explosion criteria for the stochastic cascades involved in the probabilistic representations of solutions to the respective equations coincide. While the uniqueness problem itself remains unresolved, these connections provide interesting problems and possible methods for investigating symmetry breaking and the uniqueness problem for Navier-Stokes equations. In particular, new branching Markov chains, including a dilogarithmic branching random walk on the multiplicative group (0, ∞), naturally arise as a result of this investigation.

  4. The Fano-like lineshape without interference in graphene symmetry-breaking structures

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    Luo, Weiwei; Cai, Wei; Xue, Shuqing; Wang, Lei; Ma, Zenghong; Du, Chenglin; Niu, Linyu; Zhang, Xinzheng; Xu, Jingjun

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate that the concepts in metal plasmonics cannot be totally used indiscriminately in graphene plasmonics. A typical Fano resonance for a metallic symmetry-breaking structure is simulated for graphene. Although a Fano-like extinction spectrum emerges, our analysis proves that the asymmetry is due to the intensity superposition of three plasmon modes instead of interference. The difference between graphene and metal plasmons comes from different contributions to the extinction, where the former is absorption instead of scattering. Furthermore, the asymmetric lineshape can be effectively tuned by changing not only the carrier mobility and Fermi energy of graphene, but also the geometry of the disk.

  5. Off-shell behavior of relativistic NN effective interactions and charge symmetry breaking

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    Gersten, A.; Thomas, A. W.; Weyrauch, M.

    1990-04-01

    We examine in detail the suggestion of Iqbal et al. for calculating the class-four charge symmetry breaking amplitude in n-p scattering. By simplifying to a model problem, we show explicitly that the approximation scheme is unreliable if a phenomenological, effective nucleon-nucleon T matrix is used. Our results have wider implications for observables calculated in relativistic impulse approximation calculations. They reinforce the observation made in the literature that the procedure of fitting only positive energy matrix elements can lead to an NN interaction whose off-shell behavior is incorrect.

  6. Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking Turing-Type Pattern Formation in a Confined Dictyostelium Cell Mass

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    Sawai, Satoshi; Maeda, Yasuo; Sawada, Yasuji

    2000-09-01

    We have discovered a new type of patterning which occurs in a two-dimensionally confined cell mass of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. Besides the longitudinal structure reported earlier, we observed a spontaneous symmetry breaking spot pattern whose wavelength shows similar strain dependency to that of the longitudinal pattern. We propose that these structures are due to a reaction-diffusion Turing instability similar to the one which has been exemplified by CIMA (chlorite-iodide-malonic acid) reaction. The present finding may exhibit the first biochemical Turing structure in a developmental system with a controllable boundary condition.

  7. Symmetry breaking and self-consistent rotation of magnetic islands in neoclassical viscous regimes

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    Lazzaro, E.

    2009-09-15

    Classical or neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs) perturb the ideal axisymmetry of tokamaks. As a consequence of symmetry breaking a neoclassical toroidal viscosity (NTV) appears, that depends on the island amplitude. This work shows that in the low collisionality regimes NTV has a key role in determining self-consistently the magnetic island velocity and at the same time modifies significantly the ion polarization current effects on NTM instability. This finding can provide a better understanding of the mechanism of onset of NTMs, observed experimentally, and improve the concepts for their control or avoidance.

  8. Opinion formation in kinetic exchange models: Spontaneous symmetry-breaking transition

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    Lallouache, Mehdi; Chakrabarti, Anindya S.; Chakraborti, Anirban; Chakrabarti, Bikas K.

    2010-11-01

    We propose a minimal multiagent model for the collective dynamics of opinion formation in the society by modifying kinetic exchange dynamics studied in the context of income, money, or wealth distributions in a society. This model has an intriguing spontaneous symmetry-breaking transition to polarized opinion state starting from nonpolarized opinion state. In order to analyze the model, we introduce an iterative map version of the model, which has very similar statistical characteristics. An approximate theoretical analysis of the numerical results is also given, based on the iterative map version.

  9. The role of quantum recurrence in superconductivity, carbon nanotubes and related gauge symmetry breaking

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    Dolce, Donatello; Perali, Andrea

    2014-09-01

    Pure quantum phenomena are characterized by intrinsic recurrences in space and time. We use this intrinsic periodicity as a quantization condition to derive a heuristic description of the essential quantum phenomenology of superconductivity. The resulting description is based on fundamental quantum dynamics and geometrical considerations, rather than on microscopical characteristics of the superconducting materials. This allows us to investigate the related gauge symmetry breaking in terms of the competition between quantum recurrence and thermal noise. We also test the validity of this approach to describe the case of carbon nanotubes.

  10. Pairing state with a time-reversal symmetry breaking in FeAs-based superconductors

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    Lee, Wei-Sheng

    2010-05-26

    We investigate the competition between the extended s{+-} wave and dx2-y2 -wave pairing order parameters in the iron-based superconductors. Because of the frustrating pairing interactions among the electron and the hole fermi pockets, a time-reversal symmetry breaking s + id pairing state could be favored. We analyze this pairing state within the Ginzburg-Landau theory, and explore the experimental consequences. In such a state, spatial inhomogeneity induces supercurrent near a non-magnetic impurity and the corners of a square sample. The resonance mode between the s{+-} and dx2?y2 -wave order parameters can be detected through the B1g-Raman spectroscopy.

  11. Charge independence, charge symmetry breaking in the S-wave nucleon-nucleon interaction, and renormalization

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    Alvaro Calle Cordon,Manuel Pavon Valderrama,Enrique Ruiz Arriola

    2012-02-01

    We study the interplay between charge symmetry breaking and renormalization in the NN system for S-waves. We find a set of universality relations which disentangle explicitly the known long distance dynamics from low energy parameters and extend them to the Coulomb case. We analyze within such an approach the One-Boson-Exchange potential and the theoretical conditions which allow to relate the proton-neutron, proton-proton and neutron-neutron scattering observables without the introduction of extra new parameters and providing good phenomenological success.

  12. Relevant gluonic energy scale of spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking from lattice QCD

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    Yamamoto, Arata; Suganuma, Hideo

    2010-01-01

    We analyze which momentum component of the gluon field induces spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in lattice QCD. After removing the high-momentum or low-momentum component of the gluon field, we calculate the chiral condensate and observe the roles of these momentum components. The chiral condensate is found to be drastically reduced by removing the zero-momentum gluon. The reduction is about 40% of the total in our calculation condition. The nonzero-momentum infrared gluon also has a sizable contribution to the chiral condensate. From the Banks-Casher relation, this result reflects the nontrivial relation between the infrared gluon and the zero-mode quark.

  13. Chiral symmetry breaking in three-dimensional quantum electrodynamics as fixed point annihilation

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    Herbut, Igor F.

    2016-07-01

    Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in three-dimensional (d =3 ) quantum electrodynamics is understood as annihilation of an infrared-stable fixed point that describes the large-N conformal phase by another unstable fixed point at a critical number of fermions N =Nc. We discuss the root of universality of Nc in this picture, together with some features of the phase boundary in the (d ,N ) plane. In particular, it is shown that as d →4 , Nc→0 with a constant slope, our best estimate of which suggests that Nc=2.89 in d =3 .

  14. Charge symmetry breaking effect for 3H and 3He within s-wave approach

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    Filikhin, I.; Suslov, V. M.; Vlahovic, B.

    2016-06-01

    Three-nucleon systems are considered assuming the neutrons and protons to be distinguishable particles. The configuration space Faddeev equations are exploited to calculate ground state energies of 3H and 3He nuclei within an s-wave approach applying the Malfliet-Tjon, Tamagaki G3RS and Afnan-Tang ATS3 NN potentials. We modify the potentials by scaling strength parameters to define nn, pp and np singlet components. The scaling parameters are fixed to reproduce experimental scattering lengths. The charge symmetry breaking energy is numerically evaluated. The relation between nn, pp and np singlet potentials is discussed.

  15. Mirror-symmetry protected non-TRIM surface state in the weak topological insulator Bi2TeI

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    Rusinov, I. P.; Menshchikova, T. V.; Isaeva, A.; Eremeev, S. V.; Koroteev, Yu. M.; Vergniory, M. G.; Echenique, P. M.; Chulkov, E. V.

    2016-01-01

    Strong topological insulators (TIs) support topological surfaces states on any crystal surface. In contrast, a weak, time-reversal-symmetry-driven TI with at least one non-zero v1, v2, v3 ℤ2 index should host spin-locked topological surface states on the surfaces that are not parallel to the crystal plane with Miller indices (v1 v2 v3). On the other hand, mirror symmetry can protect an even number of topological states on the surfaces that are perpendicular to a mirror plane. Various symmetries in a bulk material with a band inversion can independently preordain distinct crystal planes for realization of topological states. Here we demonstrate the first instance of coexistence of both phenomena in the weak 3D TI Bi2TeI which (v1 v2 v3) surface hosts a gapless spin-split surface state protected by the crystal mirror-symmetry. The observed topological state has an even number of crossing points in the directions of the 2D Brillouin zone due to a non-TRIM bulk-band inversion. Our findings shed light on hitherto uncharted features of the electronic structure of weak topological insulators and open up new vistas for applications of these materials in spintronics. PMID:26864814

  16. Mirror-symmetry protected non-TRIM surface state in the weak topological insulator Bi2TeI

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    Rusinov, I. P.; Menshchikova, T. V.; Isaeva, A.; Eremeev, S. V.; Koroteev, Yu. M.; Vergniory, M. G.; Echenique, P. M.; Chulkov, E. V.

    2016-02-01

    Strong topological insulators (TIs) support topological surfaces states on any crystal surface. In contrast, a weak, time-reversal-symmetry-driven TI with at least one non-zero v1, v2, v3 ℤ2 index should host spin-locked topological surface states on the surfaces that are not parallel to the crystal plane with Miller indices (v1 v2 v3). On the other hand, mirror symmetry can protect an even number of topological states on the surfaces that are perpendicular to a mirror plane. Various symmetries in a bulk material with a band inversion can independently preordain distinct crystal planes for realization of topological states. Here we demonstrate the first instance of coexistence of both phenomena in the weak 3D TI Bi2TeI which (v1 v2 v3) surface hosts a gapless spin-split surface state protected by the crystal mirror-symmetry. The observed topological state has an even number of crossing points in the directions of the 2D Brillouin zone due to a non-TRIM bulk-band inversion. Our findings shed light on hitherto uncharted features of the electronic structure of weak topological insulators and open up new vistas for applications of these materials in spintronics.

  17. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design. PMID:27605125

  18. Type Ia Supernovae: Can Coriolis Force Break the Symmetry of the Gravitational Confined Detonation Explosion Mechanism?

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    García-Senz, D.; Cabezón, R. M.; Domínguez, I.; Thielemann, F. K.

    2016-03-01

    Currently the number of models aimed at explaining the phenomena of type Ia supernovae is high and distinguishing between them is a must. In this work we explore the influence of rotation on the evolution of the nuclear flame that drives the explosion in the so-called gravitational confined detonation models. Assuming that the flame starts in a pointlike region slightly above the center of the white dwarf (WD) and adding a moderate amount of angular velocity to the star we follow the evolution of the deflagration using a smoothed particle hydrodynamics code. We find that the results are very dependent on the angle between the rotational axis and the line connecting the initial bubble of burned material with the center of the WD at the moment of ignition. The impact of rotation is larger for angles close to 90° because the Coriolis force on a floating element of fluid is maximum and its principal effect is to break the symmetry of the deflagration. Such symmetry breaking weakens the convergence of the nuclear flame at the antipodes of the initial ignition volume, changing the environmental conditions around the convergence region with respect to non-rotating models. These changes seem to disfavor the emergence of a detonation in the compressed volume at the antipodes and may compromise the viability of the so-called gravitational confined detonation mechanism.

  19. On the Isomorphic Description of Chiral Symmetry Breaking by Nonunitary Lie Groups

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    Bietenholz, Wolfgang

    It is well known that chiral symmetry breaking (χSB) in QCD with Nf = 2 light quark flavors can be described by orthogonal groups as O(4) → O(3), due to local isomorphisms. Here we discuss the question how specific this property is. We consider generalized forms of χSB involving an arbitrary number of light flavors of continuum or lattice fermions, in various representations. We search systematically for isomorphic descriptions by nonunitary, compact Lie groups. It turns out that there are a few alternative options in terms of orthogonal groups, while we did not find any description entirely based on symplectic or exceptional Lie groups. If we adapt such an alternative as the symmetry breaking pattern for a generalized Higgs mechanism, we may consider a Higgs particle composed of bound fermions and trace back the mass generation to χSB. In fact, some of the patterns that we encounter appear in technicolor models. In particular if one observes a Higgs mechanism that can be expressed in terms of orthogonal groups, we specify in which cases it could also represent some kind of χSB of techniquarks.

  20. Silicene nanomeshes: bandgap opening by bond symmetry breaking and uniaxial strain

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    Jia, Tian-Tian; Fan, Xin-Yu; Zheng, Meng-Meng; Chen, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Based on the first-principles calculations, we have investigated in detail the bandgap opening of silicene nanomeshes. Different to the mechanism of bandgap opening induced by the sublattice equivalence breaking, the method of degenerate perturbation through breaking the bond symmetry could split the π-like bands in the inversion symmetry preserved silicene nanomeshes, resulting into the πa1 − πa2 and πz1 − πz2 band sets with sizable energy intervals. Besides the bandgap opening in the nanomeshes with Dirac point being folded to Γ point, the split energy intervals are however apart away from Fermi level to leave the semimetal nature unchanged for the other nanomeshes with Dirac points located at opposite sides of Γ point as opposite pseudo spin wave valleys. A mass bandgap could be then opened at the aid of uniaxial strain to transfer the nanomesh to be semiconducting, whose width could be continuously enlarged until reaching its maximum Emax. Moreover, the Emax could also be tuned by controlling the defect density in silicene nanomeshes. These studies could contribute to the understanding of the bandgap engineering of silicene-based nanomaterials to call for further investigations on both theory and experiment. PMID:26860967

  1. SU(4) symmetry breaking revealed by magneto-optical spectroscopy in epitaxial graphene

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    Tan, Liang Z.; Orlita, Milan; Potemski, Marek; Sprinkle, Mike; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walter; Louie, Steven; Martinez, Gerard

    2015-03-01

    Electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions break the spin and valley degeneracies of the lowest Landau level (LL) in graphene. Multiple theoretical models have been proposed for the broken symmetry ground state. Previous tilted magnetic field transport experiments have obtained partial information on the ground state by probing the spin degree of freedom. In this work, we show that, via the valley-dependent electron-phonon interaction, symmetry breaking of the valley degree of freedom can be detected in infra-red transmission signatures close to magneto-phonon resonances. We have performed infra-red magneto-transmission experiments on multi-layer epitaxial graphene samples in magnetic fields up to 35 T. Following the main optical transition involving the lowest LL, we observe a new absorption transition increasing in intensity with magnetic fields greater than 26 T. Our theoretical calculations quantitatively explain these features, and unambiguously identify the charge density wave as the ground state in our samples. This work was supported by National Science Foundation Grant No. DMR10-1006184, the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Computational resources have been provided by the NSF through XSEDE resources at NICS.

  2. Multistage symmetry breaking in the breathing pyrochlore lattice Li(Ga ,In )Cr 4O8

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    Lee, S.; Do, S.-H.; Lee, W.-J.; Choi, Y. S.; Lee, M.; Choi, E. S.; Reyes, A. P.; Kuhns, P. L.; Ozarowski, A.; Choi, K.-Y.

    2016-05-01

    We present magnetic susceptibility, dielectric constant, high-frequency electron spin resonance, 7Li nuclear magnetic resonance, and zero-field muon spin relaxation measurements of LiACr4O8 (A =Ga , In), towards realizing a breathing pyrochlore lattice. Unlike the uniform pyrochlore ZnCr2O4 lattice, both the In and the Ga compounds feature two-stage symmetry breaking: a magnetostructural phase transition with subsequent antiferromagnetic ordering. We find a disparate symmetry breaking process between the In and the Ga compounds, having different degrees of bond alternation. Our data reveal that the Ga compound with moderate bond alternation shows the concomitant structural and magnetic transition at TS=15.2 K, followed by the magnetic ordering at Tm=12.9 K. In contrast, the In compound with strong bond alternation undergoes a thermal crossover at T*≈20.1 K from a tetramer singlet to a dimer singlet or a correlated paramagnet with a separate weak magnetostructural transition at TS=17.6 K and the second antiferromagnetic ordering at Tm=13.7 K. This suggests that the magnetic phases and correlations of the breathing pyrochlore lattice can be determined from the competition between bond alternation and spin-lattice coupling, thus stabilizing long-range magnetic ordering against a nonmagnetic singlet.

  3. Symmetry breaking polymerization: one-pot synthesis of plasmonic hybrid Janus nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Yanming; Ding, Tao; Baumberg, Jeremy J; Smoukov, Stoyan K

    2015-06-21

    Asymmetric hybrid nanoparticles have many important applications in catalysis, nanomotion, sensing, and diagnosis, however ways to generate the asymmetric hybrid nanoparticles are quite limited and inefficient. Most current methods rely on interfacial adhesion and modification of already formed particles. In this article we report a one-pot, facile and scalable synthesis of anisotropic Au-polymer hybrid nanoparticles via interfacial oxidative dispersion polymerization. The interfacial nucleation and polymerization lead to spontaneous symmetry breaking and formation of the Janus particles. The reaction is initiated by monomer radicals generated by the strong oxidant HAuCl4, which is itself later reduced by the electron-rich monomers to self-nucleate and form Au nanoparticles (NPs). The competition between divinylbenzene adsorption and the PVP capping agent results in effective partial surface wetting, forming asymmetric Au-PDVB hybrid nanoparticles, by confining growth of each material to its own phase. Such spontaneous symmetry breaking, important in morphogenesis, with control over the subsequent growth processes should lead to significant advances in the synthesis of asymmetric nanostructures. PMID:26000977

  4. Conditions for the emergence of gauge bosons from spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking

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    Escobar, C. A.; Urrutia, L. F.

    2015-07-01

    The emergence of gauge particles (e.g., photons and gravitons) as Goldstone bosons arising from spontaneous symmetry breaking is an interesting hypothesis which would provide a dynamical setting for the gauge principle. We investigate this proposal in the framework of a general SO (N ) non-Abelian Nambu model (NANM), effectively providing spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking in terms of the corresponding Goldstone bosons. Using a nonperturbative Hamiltonian analysis, we prove that the SO (N ) Yang-Mills (YM) theory is equivalent to the corresponding NANM, after both current conservation and the Gauss laws are imposed as initial conditions for the latter. This equivalence is independent of any gauge fixing in the YM theory. A substantial conceptual and practical improvement in the analysis arises by choosing a particular parametrization that solves the nonlinear constraint defining the NANM. This choice allows us to show that the relation between the NANM canonical variables and the corresponding ones of the YM theory, Aia and Eb j , is given by a canonical transformation. In terms of the latter variables, the NANM Hamiltonian has the same form as the YM Hamiltonian, except that the Gauss laws do not arise as first-class constraints. The dynamics of the NANM further guarantees that it is sufficient to impose them only as initial conditions, in order to recover the full equivalence. It is interesting to observe that this particular parametrization exhibits the NANM as a regular theory, thus providing a substantial simplification in the calculations.

  5. Spontaneous symmetry breaking in dual-core baby-Skyrmion systems

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    Malomed, Boris A.; Shnir, Yakov; Zhilin, Gleb

    2014-04-01

    We introduce a system composed of two (2+1)-dimensional baby-Skyrmion models (BSMs) set on parallel planes and linearly coupled by tunneling of fields. This system can be realized in a dual-layer ferromagnetic medium. Unlike dual-core models previously studied in nonlinear optics and Bose-Einstein condensates, here the symmetry-breaking bifurcation (SBB) in solitons (baby Skyrmions) occurs with the increase of the intercore coupling (κ), rather than with its decrease, due to the fact that, even in the uncoupled system, neither core may be empty. Prior to the onset of the symmetry breaking between the two components of the solitons, they gradually separate in the opposite directions, due to the increase of κ, which is explained in an analytical form by means of an effective interaction potential. Such evolution scenarios are produced for originally symmetric states with topological charges in the two cores, B(1)=B(2)=1, 2, 3, 4. The evolution of mixed states, of the (B(1),B(2))=(1,2) and (2,4) types, with the variation of κ is studied too.

  6. Silicene nanomeshes: bandgap opening by bond symmetry breaking and uniaxial strain.

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    Jia, Tian-Tian; Fan, Xin-Yu; Zheng, Meng-Meng; Chen, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Based on the first-principles calculations, we have investigated in detail the bandgap opening of silicene nanomeshes. Different to the mechanism of bandgap opening induced by the sublattice equivalence breaking, the method of degenerate perturbation through breaking the bond symmetry could split the π-like bands in the inversion symmetry preserved silicene nanomeshes, resulting into the πa1 - πa2 and πz1 - πz2 band sets with sizable energy intervals. Besides the bandgap opening in the nanomeshes with Dirac point being folded to Γ point, the split energy intervals are however apart away from Fermi level to leave the semimetal nature unchanged for the other nanomeshes with Dirac points located at opposite sides of Γ point as opposite pseudo spin wave valleys. A mass bandgap could be then opened at the aid of uniaxial strain to transfer the nanomesh to be semiconducting, whose width could be continuously enlarged until reaching its maximum Emax. Moreover, the Emax could also be tuned by controlling the defect density in silicene nanomeshes. These studies could contribute to the understanding of the bandgap engineering of silicene-based nanomaterials to call for further investigations on both theory and experiment. PMID:26860967

  7. Silicene nanomeshes: bandgap opening by bond symmetry breaking and uniaxial strain

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    Jia, Tian-Tian; Fan, Xin-Yu; Zheng, Meng-Meng; Chen, Gang

    2016-02-01

    Based on the first-principles calculations, we have investigated in detail the bandgap opening of silicene nanomeshes. Different to the mechanism of bandgap opening induced by the sublattice equivalence breaking, the method of degenerate perturbation through breaking the bond symmetry could split the π-like bands in the inversion symmetry preserved silicene nanomeshes, resulting into the πa1 - πa2 and πz1 - πz2 band sets with sizable energy intervals. Besides the bandgap opening in the nanomeshes with Dirac point being folded to Γ point, the split energy intervals are however apart away from Fermi level to leave the semimetal nature unchanged for the other nanomeshes with Dirac points located at opposite sides of Γ point as opposite pseudo spin wave valleys. A mass bandgap could be then opened at the aid of uniaxial strain to transfer the nanomesh to be semiconducting, whose width could be continuously enlarged until reaching its maximum Emax. Moreover, the Emax could also be tuned by controlling the defect density in silicene nanomeshes. These studies could contribute to the understanding of the bandgap engineering of silicene-based nanomaterials to call for further investigations on both theory and experiment.

  8. Symmetry Breaking by Surface Blocking: Synthesis of Bimorphic Silver Nanoparticles, Nanoscale Fishes and Apples.

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    Cathcart, Nicole; Kitaev, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A powerful approach to augment the diversity of well-defined metal nanoparticle (MNP) morphologies, essential for MNP advanced applications, is symmetry breaking combined with seeded growth. Utilizing this approach enabled the formation of bimorphic silver nanoparticles (bi-AgNPs) consisting of two shapes linked by one regrowth point. Bi-AgNPs were formed by using an adsorbing polymer, poly(acrylic acid), PAA, to block the surface of a decahedral AgNP seed and restricting growth of new silver to a single nucleation point. First, we have realized 2-D growth of platelets attached to decahedra producing nanoscale shapes reminiscent of apples, fishes, mushrooms and kites. 1-D bimorphic growth of rods (with chloride) and 3-D bimorphic growth of cubes and bipyramids (with bromide) were achieved by using halides to induce preferential (100) stabilization over (111) of platelets. Furthermore, the universality of the formation of bimorphic nanoparticles was demonstrated by using different seeds. Bi-AgNPs exhibit strong SERS enhancement due to regular cavities at the necks. Overall, the reported approach to symmetry breaking and bimorphic nanoparticle growth offers a powerful methodology for nanoscale shape design. PMID:27605125

  9. Finite size scaling of the spontaneous symmetry breaking model of X-chromosome inactivation

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    Barker, D.; Griffiths, A.

    2009-03-01

    X-Chromosome inactivation is the process whereby one of the two X-chromosomes in female cells is silenced to prevent the cell producing too much of any X-linked proteins and RNA. The proposed blocking-factor mechanism of X-inactivation is not well understood and hence is the subject of much current research. In this paper we investigated the nature of the phase transition predicted to exist in the spontaneous symmetry breaking model of X-inactivation proposed by Nicodemi and Prisco [Mario Nicodemi, Antonella Prisco, Symmetry breaking model for x-chromosome inactivation, Phs. Rev. Lett. 98 (2007) 108104]. Finite size effects were investigated by using an on lattice Monte Carlo simulation. From the scaling it is concluded that the transition is in general abrupt. The critical temperature of the system was determined to be 1.68±0.01E0/kB in the thermodynamic limit when the concentration C=0.025 blocking-factors per lattice site.

  10. Dynamical chiral symmetry breaking and confinement with an infrared-vanishing gluon propagator

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    Roberts, C.D.; Hawes, F.T.; Williams, A.G.

    1995-08-01

    We have studied a model Dyson-Schwinger equation for the quark propagator, constructed using an Ansatz for the gluon propagator of the form D(q) {approximately} q{sup 2}/[(q{sup 2}){sup 2} + b{sup 4}] and two Ansatze for the quark-gluon vertex: the minimal Ball-Chiu and the modified form suggested by Curtis and Pennington. The aim was to determine whether such a form of the gluon propagator, which was suggested by a number of authors and which recent lattice simulations of QCD suggest may be plausible, can support dynamical chiral symmetry breaking and ensure quark confinement. The form of the gluon propagator at small space-like momenta is crucial to the nature of the strong interaction spectrum but is presently unknown and information gathered in such studies is invaluable in supporting or invalidating given hypotheses. It was found that there is a critical value of b = b{sub c} such that the model does not support dynamical chiral symmetry breaking for b > b{sub c}. Further, it was shown that this form of gluon propagator cannot confine quarks. As a consequence this form represents a physically unreasonable model. In addition, these results formed the basis for an invited presentation at a workshop on quantum infrared physics and will be published in the proceedings.

  11. Symmetries in Physics

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    Brading, Katherine; Castellani, Elena

    2003-12-01

    Preface; Copyright acknowledgements; List of contributors; 1. Introduction; Part I. Continuous Symmetries: 2. Classic texts: extracts from Weyl and Wigner; 3. Review paper: On the significance of continuous symmetry to the foundations of physics C. Martin; 4. The philosophical roots of the gauge principle: Weyl and transcendental phenomenological idealism T. Ryckman; 5. Symmetries and Noether's theorems K. A. Brading and H. R. Brown; 6. General covariance, gauge theories, and the Kretschmann objection J. Norton; 7. The interpretation of gauge symmetry M. Redhead; 8. Tracking down gauge: an ode to the constrained Hamiltonian formalism J. Earman; 9. Time-dependent symmetries: the link between gauge symmetries and indeterminism D. Wallace; 10. A fourth way to the Aharanov-Bohm effect A. Nounou; Part II. Discrete Symmetries: 11. Classic texts: extracts from Lebniz, Kant and Black; 12. Review paper: Understanding permutation symmetry S. French and D. Rickles; 13. Quarticles and the identity of discernibles N. Hugget; 14. Review paper: Handedness, parity violation, and the reality of space O. Pooley; 15. Mirror symmetry: what is it for a relational space to be orientable? N. Huggett; 16. Physics and Leibniz's principles S. Saunders; Part III. Symmetry Breaking: 17: Classic texts: extracts from Curie and Weyl; 18. Extract from G. Jona-Lasinio: Cross-fertilization in theoretical physics: the case of condensed matter and particle physics G. Jona-Lasinio; 19. Review paper: On the meaning of symmetry breaking E. Castellani; 20. Rough guide to spontaneous symmetry breaking J. Earman; 21. Spontaneous symmetry breaking: theoretical arguments and philosophical problems M. Morrison; Part IV. General Interpretative Issues: 22. Classic texts: extracts from Wigner; 23. Symmetry as a guide to superfluous theoretical structure J. Ismael and B. van Fraassen; 24. Notes on symmetries G. Belot; 25. Symmetry, objectivity, and design P. Kosso; 26. Symmetry and equivalence E. Castellani.

  12. Symmetries in Physics

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    Brading, Katherine; Castellani, Elena

    2010-01-01

    Preface; Copyright acknowledgements; List of contributors; 1. Introduction; Part I. Continuous Symmetries: 2. Classic texts: extracts from Weyl and Wigner; 3. Review paper: On the significance of continuous symmetry to the foundations of physics C. Martin; 4. The philosophical roots of the gauge principle: Weyl and transcendental phenomenological idealism T. Ryckman; 5. Symmetries and Noether's theorems K. A. Brading and H. R. Brown; 6. General covariance, gauge theories, and the Kretschmann objection J. Norton; 7. The interpretation of gauge symmetry M. Redhead; 8. Tracking down gauge: an ode to the constrained Hamiltonian formalism J. Earman; 9. Time-dependent symmetries: the link between gauge symmetries and indeterminism D. Wallace; 10. A fourth way to the Aharanov-Bohm effect A. Nounou; Part II. Discrete Symmetries: 11. Classic texts: extracts from Lebniz, Kant and Black; 12. Review paper: Understanding permutation symmetry S. French and D. Rickles; 13. Quarticles and the identity of discernibles N. Hugget; 14. Review paper: Handedness, parity violation, and the reality of space O. Pooley; 15. Mirror symmetry: what is it for a relational space to be orientable? N. Huggett; 16. Physics and Leibniz's principles S. Saunders; Part III. Symmetry Breaking: 17: Classic texts: extracts from Curie and Weyl; 18. Extract from G. Jona-Lasinio: Cross-fertilization in theoretical physics: the case of condensed matter and particle physics G. Jona-Lasinio; 19. Review paper: On the meaning of symmetry breaking E. Castellani; 20. Rough guide to spontaneous symmetry breaking J. Earman; 21. Spontaneous symmetry breaking: theoretical arguments and philosophical problems M. Morrison; Part IV. General Interpretative Issues: 22. Classic texts: extracts from Wigner; 23. Symmetry as a guide to superfluous theoretical structure J. Ismael and B. van Fraassen; 24. Notes on symmetries G. Belot; 25. Symmetry, objectivity, and design P. Kosso; 26. Symmetry and equivalence E. Castellani.

  13. Spontaneous symmetry breaking, and strings defects in hypercomplex gauge field theories

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    Cartas-Fuentevilla, R.; Meza-Aldama, O.

    2016-02-01

    Inspired by the appearance of split-complex structures in the dimensional reduction of string theory, and in the theories emerging as byproducts, we study the hypercomplex formulation of Abelian gauge field theories by incorporating a new complex unit to the usual complex one. The hypercomplex version of the traditional Mexican hat potential associated with the U(1) gauge field theory, corresponds to a hybrid potential with two real components, and with U(1)× SO(1,1) as symmetry group. Each component corresponds to a deformation of the hat potential, with the appearance of a new degenerate vacuum. Hypercomplex electrodynamics will show novel properties, such as spontaneous symmetry breaking scenarios with running masses for the vectorial and scalar Higgs fields, and such as Aharonov-Bohm type strings defects as exact solutions; these topological defects may be detected only by quantum interference of charged particles through gauge invariant loop integrals. In a particular limit, the hyperbolic electrodynamics does not admit topological defects associated with continuous symmetries.

  14. Dirac mass generation from crystal symmetry breaking on the surfaces of topological crystalline insulators.

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    Zeljkovic, Ilija; Okada, Yoshinori; Serbyn, Maksym; Sankar, R; Walkup, Daniel; Zhou, Wenwen; Liu, Junwei; Chang, Guoqing; Wang, Yung Jui; Hasan, M Zahid; Chou, Fangcheng; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun; Fu, Liang; Madhavan, Vidya

    2015-03-01

    The tunability of topological surface states and controllable opening of the Dirac gap are of fundamental and practical interest in the field of topological materials. In the newly discovered topological crystalline insulators (TCIs), theory predicts that the Dirac node is protected by a crystalline symmetry and that the surface state electrons can acquire a mass if this symmetry is broken. Recent studies have detected signatures of a spontaneously generated Dirac gap in TCIs; however, the mechanism of mass formation remains elusive. In this work, we present scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) measurements of the TCI Pb1-xSnxSe for a wide range of alloy compositions spanning the topological and non-topological regimes. The STM topographies reveal a symmetry-breaking distortion on the surface, which imparts mass to the otherwise massless Dirac electrons-a mechanism analogous to the long sought-after Higgs mechanism in particle physics. Interestingly, the measured Dirac gap decreases on approaching the trivial phase, whereas the magnitude of the distortion remains nearly constant. Our data and calculations reveal that the penetration depth of Dirac surface states controls the magnitude of the Dirac mass. At the limit of the critical composition, the penetration depth is predicted to go to infinity, resulting in zero mass, consistent with our measurements. Finally, we discover the existence of surface states in the non-topological regime, which have the characteristics of gapped, double-branched Dirac fermions and could be exploited in realizing superconductivity in these materials. PMID:25686261

  15. New origin for approximate symmetries from distant breaking in extra dimensions

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    Arkani-Hamed, Nima

    1998-11-20

    The recently proposed theories with TeV-scale quantum gravity do not have the usual ultraviolet desert between {approximately} 10{sup 3}-10{sup 19} GeV where effective field theory ideas apply. Consequently, the success of the desert in explaining approximate symmetries is lost, and theories of flavor, neutrino masses, proton longevity or supersymmetry breaking, lose their usual habitat. In this paper we show that these ideas can find a new home in an infrared desert: the large space in the extra dimensions. The main idea is that symmetries are primordially exact on our brane, but are broken at O(1) on distant branes. This breaking is communicated to us in a distance-suppressed way by bulk messengers. We illustrate these ideas in a number of settings: (1) We construct theories for the fermion mass hierarchy which avoid problems with large flavor-changing neutral currents. (2) We re-iterate that proton stability can arise if baryon number is gauged in the bulk. (3) We study limits on light gauge fields and scalars in the bulk coming from rare decays, astrophysics and cosmology. (4) We remark that the same ideas can be used to explain small neutrino masses, as well as hierarchical supersymmetry breaking. (5) We construct a theory with bulk technicolor, avoiding the difficulties with extended technicolor. There are also a number of interesting experimental signals of these ideas: (1) Attractive or repulsive, isotope dependent sub-millimeter forces {approximately} 10{sup 6} times gravitational strength, from the exchange of light bulk particles. (2) Novel Higgs decays to light generation fermions plus bulk scalars. (3) Collider production of bulk vector and scalar fields, leading to {gamma} or jet+ missing energy signals as in the case of bulk graviton production, with comparable or larger rates.

  16. Symmetry breaking and preliminary results about a Hopf bifurcation for incompressible viscous flow in an expansion channel

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    Quaini, A.; Glowinski, R.; Čanić, S.

    2016-01-01

    This computational study shows, for the first time, a clear transition to two-dimensional Hopf bifurcation for laminar incompressible flows in symmetric plane expansion channels. Due to the well-known extreme sensitivity of this study on computational mesh, the critical Reynolds numbers for both the known symmetry-breaking (pitchfork) bifurcation and Hopf bifurcation were investigated for several layers of mesh refinement. It is found that under-refined meshes lead to an overestimation of the critical Reynolds number for the symmetry breaking and an underestimation of the critical Reynolds number for the Hopf bifurcation.

  17. Radiative symmetry breaking, fermion masses and mixing angles, and large Yukawa couplings in N - 1 SUSY-GUTS

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    Anderson, G.W.

    1992-12-01

    The effect of large third generation Yukawa couplings on radiative electroweak symmetry breaking in N = 1 SUSY-GUTS is reported. Limits on tan {beta}, and on the amount of fine tuning necessary for consistent symmetry breaking in the MSSM are derived. Predictions for fermion masses and mixing angles from GUT scale textures are also discussed. The effect of large Yukawa couplings on the running of the DHR texture is used to determine limits on the top quark valid for all values of tan {beta}.

  18. Test for time reversal symmetry breaking in superconducting Sr_2RuO_4

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    Agterberg, Daniel F.; Sigrist, Manfred

    1998-03-01

    We examine the consequences of different orientations of the magnetic field on the superconductivity in Sr_2RuO4 under the assumption of a doubly degenerate odd-parity pairing state. In particular we show that for the field along one of the crystallographic directions in the basal plane there must exist two superconducting transitions as the field is decreased if the zero-field phase breaks time reversal symmetry. The second transition provides a possible explanation for the second dissipation peak observed in AC susceptibility measurements (K. Yoshida, Y. Maeno, S. Nishizaki, and T. Fujita, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 65), 2220 (1996). We also examine under which conditions a square vortex lattice will arise for this pairing state when the field is along the c-axis.

  19. Transient anomalous diffusion in periodic systems: ergodicity, symmetry breaking and velocity relaxation

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    Spiechowicz, Jakub; Łuczka, Jerzy; Hänggi, Peter

    2016-01-01

    We study far from equilibrium transport of a periodically driven inertial Brownian particle moving in a periodic potential. As detected for a SQUID ratchet dynamics, the mean square deviation of the particle position from its average may involve three distinct intermediate, although extended diffusive regimes: initially as superdiffusion, followed by subdiffusion and finally, normal diffusion in the asymptotic long time limit. Even though these anomalies are transient effects, their lifetime can be many, many orders of magnitude longer than the characteristic time scale of the setup and turns out to be extraordinarily sensitive to the system parameters like temperature or the potential asymmetry. In the paper we reveal mechanisms of diffusion anomalies related to ergodicity of the system, symmetry breaking of the periodic potential and ultraslow relaxation of the particle velocity towards its steady state. Similar sequences of the diffusive behaviours could be detected in various systems including, among others, colloidal particles in random potentials, glass forming liquids and granular gases. PMID:27492219

  20. Study of VV-scattering processes as a probe of electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Govoni, P.

    2008-11-23

    An exploratory study has been performed in order to assess the possibility of probing the symmetry breaking mechanism through the VV fusion process using the CMS detector. A model independent analysis was carried out with no assumption on the mechanism restoring the unitarity in the scattering amplitude and without any degrees of freedom beyond the SM. In order to explore the sensitivity of the analysis method to an heavy Higgs resonance, we analyzed a data set produced using an Higgs boson mass of 500 GeV. Moreover, in order to consider the VV fusion cross section in a region where no resonances are present, a sample corresponding to the no-Higgs scenario, that in the SM is equivalent to a very high Higgs mass, has been also studied.

  1. Renormalization group improvement and dynamical breaking of symmetry in a supersymmetric Chern-Simons-matter model

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    Quinto, A. G.; Ferrari, A. F.; Lehum, A. C.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we investigate the consequences of the Renormalization Group Equation (RGE) in the determination of the effective superpotential and the study of Dynamical Symmetry Breaking (DSB) in an N = 1 supersymmetric theory including an Abelian Chern-Simons superfield coupled to N scalar superfields in (2 + 1) dimensional spacetime. The classical Lagrangian presents scale invariance, which is broken by radiative corrections to the effective superpotential. We calculate the effective superpotential up to two-loops by using the RGE and the beta functions and anomalous dimensions known in the literature. We then show how the RGE can be used to improve this calculation, by summing up properly defined series of leading logs (LL), next-to-leading logs (NLL) contributions, and so on... We conclude that even if the RGE improvement procedure can indeed be applied in a supersymmetric model, the effects of the consideration of the RGE are not so dramatic as it happens in the non-supersymmetric case.

  2. Dynamical symmetry breaking in a 2D electron gas with a spectral node

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    Ziegler, Klaus

    2013-09-01

    We study a disordered 2D electron gas with a spectral node in a vicinity of the node. After identifying the fundamental dynamical symmetries of this system, the spontaneous breaking of the latter by a Grassmann field is studied within a nonlinear sigma model approach. This allows us to reduce the average two-particle Green's function to a diffusion propagator with a random diffusion coefficient. The latter has non-degenerate saddle points and is treated by the conventional self-consistent Born approximation. This leads to a renormalized chemical potential and a renormalized diffusion coefficient, where the DC conductivity increases linearly with the density of quasiparticles. Applied to the special case of Dirac fermions, our approach provides a comprehensive description of the minimal conductivity at the Dirac node as well as for the V-shape conductivity inside the bands.

  3. Symmetry breaking as a model for emergent structure of heterogeneous networked robotic agents

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    McKee, Gerard T.; Schenker, Paul S.

    1997-09-01

    This paper explores the design of robot systems to take advantage of non-linear dynamic systems models, specifically symmetry breaking phenomena, to self-organize in response to task and environment demands. Recent research in the design of robotics systems has stressed modular, adaptable systems operating under decentralized and distributed control architectures. Cooperative and emergent behavioral structures can be built on these modules by exploiting various forms of communication and negotiation strategies. We focus on the design of individual modules and their cooperative interaction. We draw on nonlinear dynamic system models of human and animal behavior to motivate issues in the design of robot modules and systems. Sonar sensing systems comprising a ring of sonar sensors are used to illustrate the ideas within a networked robotics context, where distributed sensing modules located on multiple robots can interact cooperatively to scan an environment.

  4. Hard {ital m}{sub {ital t}} Corrections as a Probe of the Symmetry Breaking Sector

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    Bernabeu, J.; Comelli, D.; Pich, A.; Santamaria, A.

    1997-04-01

    Nondecoupling effects related to a large m{sub t} affecting nonoblique radiative corrections in vertices (Z{bar b}b) and boxes (B-{bar B} mixing and {epsilon}{sub K}) are sensitive to the mechanism of spontaneous symmetry breaking. In the framework of the effective chiral electroweak standard model there is only one O(p{sup 4}) operator which modifies the longitudinal part of the W{sup +} boson without touching the oblique corrections. This operator affects the Z{bar b}b vertex, the B-{bar B} mixing, and the CP-violating parameter {epsilon}{sub K}, generating interesting correlations among the hard m{sup 4}{sub t}lnm{sup 2}{sub t} corrections to these observables. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  5. Transient anomalous diffusion in periodic systems: ergodicity, symmetry breaking and velocity relaxation.

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    Spiechowicz, Jakub; Łuczka, Jerzy; Hänggi, Peter

    2016-01-01

    We study far from equilibrium transport of a periodically driven inertial Brownian particle moving in a periodic potential. As detected for a SQUID ratchet dynamics, the mean square deviation of the particle position from its average may involve three distinct intermediate, although extended diffusive regimes: initially as superdiffusion, followed by subdiffusion and finally, normal diffusion in the asymptotic long time limit. Even though these anomalies are transient effects, their lifetime can be many, many orders of magnitude longer than the characteristic time scale of the setup and turns out to be extraordinarily sensitive to the system parameters like temperature or the potential asymmetry. In the paper we reveal mechanisms of diffusion anomalies related to ergodicity of the system, symmetry breaking of the periodic potential and ultraslow relaxation of the particle velocity towards its steady state. Similar sequences of the diffusive behaviours could be detected in various systems including, among others, colloidal particles in random potentials, glass forming liquids and granular gases. PMID:27492219

  6. Chiral symmetry breaking and the Quantum Hall Effect in monolayer graphene

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    Kennett, Malcolm; Roy, Bitan

    2015-03-01

    Monolayer graphene in a strong magnetic field exhibits quantum Hall states at filling fractions ν = 0 and ν = +/- 1 that are not explained within a picture of non-interacting electrons. We propose that these states arise from interaction induced chiral symmetry breaking orders. We argue that when the chemical potential is at the Dirac point, weak onsite repulsion supports an easy-plane antiferromagnet state, which simultaneously gives rise to ferromagnetism oriented parallel to the magnetic field direction, whereas for | ν | = 1 easy-axis antiferromagnetism and charge-density-wave order coexist. We perform self-consistent calculations of the magnetic field dependence of the activation gap for the ν = 0 and | ν | = 1 states and obtain excellent agreement with recent experimental results. Supported by NSF-JQI-PFC, LPS-CMTC, NSERC.

  7. Non-minimal CW inflation, electroweak symmetry breaking and the 750 GeV anomaly

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    Marzola, L.; Racioppi, A.; Raidal, M.; Urban, F. R.; Veermäe, H.

    2016-03-01

    We study whether the hinted 750 GeV resonance at the LHC can be a Coleman-Weinberg inflaton which is non-minimally coupled to gravity. Since the inflaton must couple to new charged and coloured states to reproduce the LHC diphoton signature, the same interaction can generate its effective potential and trigger the electroweak symmetry breaking via the portal coupling to the Higgs boson. This inflationary scenario predicts a lower bound on the tensor-to-scalar ratio of r ≳ 0.006, where the minimal value corresponds to the measured spectral index n s ≃ 0.97. However, we find that the compatibility with the LHC diphoton signal requires exotic new physics at energy scales accessible at the LHC. We study and quantify the properties of the predicted exotic particles.

  8. Symmetry breaking gives rise to energy spectra of three states of matter.

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Musaev, Edvard T; Trachenko, K

    2013-01-01

    A fundamental task of statistical physics is to start with a microscopic Hamiltonian, predict the system's statistical properties and compare them with observable data. A notable current fundamental challenge is to tell whether and how an interacting Hamiltonian predicts different energy spectra, including solid, liquid and gas phases. Here, we propose a new idea that enables a unified description of all three states of matter. We introduce a generic form of an interacting phonon Hamiltonian with ground state configurations minimising the potential. Symmetry breaking SO(3) to SO(2), from the group of rotations in reciprocal space to its subgroup, leads to emergence of energy gaps of shear excitations as a consequence of the Goldstone theorem, and readily results in the emergence of energy spectra of solid, liquid and gas phases. PMID:24077388

  9. Transversal symmetry breaking and axial spreading modification for gaussian optical beams

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    Araújo, Manoel P.; De Leo, Stefano; Lima, Marina

    2016-03-01

    For a long time, it was believed there was no reason to include the geometrical phase in studying the propagation of gaussian optical beams through dielectric blocks. This can be justified by the fact that the first-order term in the Taylor expansion of this phase is responsible for the lateral shift of the optical beam which is also predicted by ray optics. From this point of view, the geometrical phase can be seen as a purely auxiliary concept. In this paper, we show how the second-order term in the Taylor expansion accounts for the symmetry breaking of the transversal spatial distribution and acts as an axial spreading modifier. These new effects clearly show the importance of the geometrical phase in describing the correct behavior of light. To test our theoretical predictions, we briefly discuss a possible experimental implementation.

  10. Phase diagrams of charged colloidal rods: Can a uniaxial charge distribution break chiral symmetry?

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    Drwenski, Tara; Dussi, Simone; Hermes, Michiel; Dijkstra, Marjolein; van Roij, René

    2016-03-01

    We construct phase diagrams for charged rodlike colloids within the second-virial approximation as a function of rod concentration, salt concentration, and colloidal charge. Besides the expected isotropic-nematic transition, we also find parameter regimes with a coexistence between a nematic and a second, more highly aligned nematic phase including an isotropic-nematic-nematic triple point and a nematic-nematic critical point, which can all be explained in terms of the twisting effect. We compute the Frank elastic constants to see if the twist elastic constant can become negative, which would indicate the possibility of a cholesteric phase spontaneously forming. Although the twisting effect reduces the twist elastic constant, we find that it always remains positive. In addition, we find that for finite aspect-ratio rods the twist elastic constant is also always positive, such that there is no evidence of chiral symmetry breaking due to a uniaxial charge distribution. PMID:26957177

  11. Phase diagrams of charged colloidal rods: Can a uniaxial charge distribution break chiral symmetry?

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    Drwenski, Tara; Dussi, Simone; Hermes, Michiel; Dijkstra, Marjolein; van Roij, René

    2016-03-01

    We construct phase diagrams for charged rodlike colloids within the second-virial approximation as a function of rod concentration, salt concentration, and colloidal charge. Besides the expected isotropic-nematic transition, we also find parameter regimes with a coexistence between a nematic and a second, more highly aligned nematic phase including an isotropic-nematic-nematic triple point and a nematic-nematic critical point, which can all be explained in terms of the twisting effect. We compute the Frank elastic constants to see if the twist elastic constant can become negative, which would indicate the possibility of a cholesteric phase spontaneously forming. Although the twisting effect reduces the twist elastic constant, we find that it always remains positive. In addition, we find that for finite aspect-ratio rods the twist elastic constant is also always positive, such that there is no evidence of chiral symmetry breaking due to a uniaxial charge distribution.

  12. Frustration and time-reversal symmetry breaking for Fermi and Bose-Fermi systems

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    Sacha, Krzysztof; Targońska, Katarzyna; Zakrzewski, Jakub

    2012-05-01

    The modulation of an optical lattice potential that breaks time-reversal symmetry enables the realization of complex tunneling amplitudes in the corresponding tight-binding model. For a superfluid Fermi gas in a triangular lattice potential with complex tunnelings, the pairing function acquires a complex phase, so the frustrated magnetism of fermions can be realized. Bose-Fermi mixtures of bosonic molecules and unbound fermions in the lattice also show interesting behavior. Due to boson-fermion coupling, the fermions become enslaved by the bosons and the corresponding pairing function takes the complex phase determined by the bosons. In the presence of bosons the Fermi system can reveal both gapped and gapless superfluidity.

  13. Photons emerging as Goldstone bosons from spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking: The Abelian Nambu model

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    Escobar, C. A.; Urrutia, L. F.

    2015-07-01

    After imposing current conservation together with the Gauss law as initial conditions on the Abelian Nambu model, we prove that the resulting theory is equivalent to standard QED in the nonlinear gauge (AμAμ-n2M2) =0 , to all orders in perturbation theory. We show this by writing both models in terms of the same variables, which produce identical Feynman rules for the interactions and propagators. A crucial point is to verify that the Faddeev-Popov ghosts arising from the gauge fixing procedure in the QED sector decouple to all orders. We verify this decoupling by following a method like that employed in Yang-Mills theories when investigating the behavior of axial gauges. The equivalence between the two theories supports the idea that gauge particles can be envisaged as the Goldstone bosons originating from spontaneous Lorentz symmetry breaking.

  14. Self-assembly of subwavelength nanostructures with symmetry breaking in solution

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    Tian, Xiang-Dong; Chen, Shu; Zhang, Yue-Jiao; Dong, Jin-Chao; Panneerselvam, Rajapandiyan; Zhang, Yun; Yang, Zhi-Lin; Li, Jian-Feng; Tian, Zhong-Qun

    2016-01-01

    Nanostructures with symmetry breaking can allow the coupling between dark and bright plasmon modes to induce strong Fano resonance. However, it is still a daunting challenge to prepare bottom-up self-assembled subwavelength asymmetric nanostructures with appropriate gaps between the nanostructures especially below 5 nm in solution. Here we present a viable self-assembly method to prepare symmetry-breaking nanostructures consisting of Ag nanocubes and Au nanospheres both with tunable size (90-250 nm for Au nanospheres; 100-160 nm for Ag nanocubes) and meanwhile control the nanogaps through ultrathin silica shells of 1-5 nm thickness. The Raman tag of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (MBA) assists the self-assembly process and endows the subwavelength asymmetric nanostructures with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity. Moreover, thick silica shells (above 50 nm thickness) can be coated on the self-assembled nanostructures in situ to stabilize the whole nanostructures, paving the way toward bioapplications. Single particle scattering spectroscopy with a 360° polarization resolution is performed on individual Ag nanocube and Au nanosphere dimers, correlated with high-resolution TEM characterization. The asymmetric dimers exhibit strong configuration and polarization dependence Fano resonance properties. Overall, the solution-based self-assembly method reported here is opening up new opportunities to prepare diverse multicomponent nanomaterials with optimal performance.Nanostructures with symmetry breaking can allow the coupling between dark and bright plasmon modes to induce strong Fano resonance. However, it is still a daunting challenge to prepare bottom-up self-assembled subwavelength asymmetric nanostructures with appropriate gaps between the nanostructures especially below 5 nm in solution. Here we present a viable self-assembly method to prepare symmetry-breaking nanostructures consisting of Ag nanocubes and Au nanospheres both with tunable size (90-250 nm

  15. Peroxyacetyl radical: Electronic excitation energies, fundamental vibrational frequencies, and symmetry breaking in the first excited state

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    Copan, Andreas V.; Wiens, Avery E.; Nowara, Ewa M.; Schaefer, Henry F.; Agarwal, Jay

    2015-02-07

    Peroxyacetyl radical [CH{sub 3}C(O)O{sub 2}] is among the most abundant peroxy radicals in the atmosphere and is involved in OH-radical recycling along with peroxyacetyl nitrate formation. Herein, the ground (X{sup ~}) and first (A{sup ~}) excited state surfaces of cis and trans peroxyacetyl radical are characterized using high-level ab initio methods. Geometries, anharmonic vibrational frequencies, and adiabatic excitation energies extrapolated to the complete basis-set limit are reported from computations with coupled-cluster theory. Excitation of the trans conformer is found to induce a symmetry-breaking conformational change due to second-order Jahn-Teller interactions with higher-lying excited states. Additional benchmark computations are provided to aid future theoretical work on peroxy radicals.

  16. Transient anomalous diffusion in periodic systems: ergodicity, symmetry breaking and velocity relaxation

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    Spiechowicz, Jakub; Łuczka, Jerzy; Hänggi, Peter

    2016-08-01

    We study far from equilibrium transport of a periodically driven inertial Brownian particle moving in a periodic potential. As detected for a SQUID ratchet dynamics, the mean square deviation of the particle position from its average may involve three distinct intermediate, although extended diffusive regimes: initially as superdiffusion, followed by subdiffusion and finally, normal diffusion in the asymptotic long time limit. Even though these anomalies are transient effects, their lifetime can be many, many orders of magnitude longer than the characteristic time scale of the setup and turns out to be extraordinarily sensitive to the system parameters like temperature or the potential asymmetry. In the paper we reveal mechanisms of diffusion anomalies related to ergodicity of the system, symmetry breaking of the periodic potential and ultraslow relaxation of the particle velocity towards its steady state. Similar sequences of the diffusive behaviours could be detected in various systems including, among others, colloidal particles in random potentials, glass forming liquids and granular gases.

  17. Symmetry breaking gives rise to energy spectra of three states of matter

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Musaev, Edvard T.; Trachenko, K.

    2013-01-01

    A fundamental task of statistical physics is to start with a microscopic Hamiltonian, predict the system's statistical properties and compare them with observable data. A notable current fundamental challenge is to tell whether and how an interacting Hamiltonian predicts different energy spectra, including solid, liquid and gas phases. Here, we propose a new idea that enables a unified description of all three states of matter. We introduce a generic form of an interacting phonon Hamiltonian with ground state configurations minimising the potential. Symmetry breaking SO(3) to SO(2), from the group of rotations in reciprocal space to its subgroup, leads to emergence of energy gaps of shear excitations as a consequence of the Goldstone theorem, and readily results in the emergence of energy spectra of solid, liquid and gas phases. PMID:24077388

  18. Complex patterns arise through spontaneous symmetry breaking in dense homogeneous networks of neural oscillators

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    Singh, Rajeev; Menon, Shakti N.; Sinha, Sitabhra

    2016-01-01

    There has been much interest in understanding collective dynamics in networks of brain regions due to their role in behavior and cognitive function. Here we show that a simple, homogeneous system of densely connected oscillators, representing the aggregate activity of local brain regions, can exhibit a rich variety of dynamical patterns emerging via spontaneous breaking of permutation or translational symmetries. Upon removing just a few connections, we observe a striking departure from the mean-field limit in terms of the collective dynamics, which implies that the sparsity of these networks may have very important consequences. Our results suggest that the origins of some of the complicated activity patterns seen in the brain may be understood even with simple connection topologies. PMID:26916700

  19. Finite temperature dynamics of spin-1/2 chains with symmetry breaking interactions

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    Manmana, Salvatore R.; Tiegel, Alexander C.; Pruschke, Thomas; Honecker, Andreas

    I will discuss recent developments for flexible matrix product state (MPS) approaches to calculate finite-temperature spectral functions of low-dimensional strongly correlated quantum systems. The main focus will be on a Liouvillian formulation. The resulting algorithm does not specifically depend on the MPS formulation, but is applicable for any wave function based approach which can provide a purification of the density matrix, opening the way for further developments of numerical methods. Based on MPS results for various spin chains, in particular systems with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions caused by spin-orbit coupling and dimerized chains, I will discuss how symmetry breaking interactions change the nature of the finite-temperature dynamic spin structure factor obtained in ESR and neutron scattering experiments. We acknowledge funding by the Helmholtz Virtual Institute ``New States of Matter and Their Excitations''.

  20. Mode Transition and Symmetry-Breaking in the Wake of a Flapping Foil

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    He, G. Y.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, S. G.; Wang, Q.

    2011-09-01

    A numerical model for two-dimensional flows around a pitching foil in a viscous flow is presented. The model is numerically solved using the immersed boundary method and used to investigate the flow patterns of the foil pitching sinusoidally over a range of frequencies and amplitudes. A transition from the Karman vortex streets to the reverse Karman vortex streets are found, as the amplitudes of pitching motions increase. In the transition, the vortex streets undergo symmetry-breaking to the central lines of vortex streets. Those observations are in agreement with the previous experiment (Phys. Rev. E. 77 016308 2008). Furthermore, we examine the wake of the foils pitching with different frequencies. The transition from the Karman vortex streets to the reverse Karman vortex streets is also observed. An explanation is presented to the mechanism of the transition.

  1. Bulk gauge and matter fields in nested warping: II. Symmetry breaking and phenomenological consequences

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    Arun, Mathew Thomas; Choudhury, Debajyoti

    2016-04-01

    Generalizing the Randall-Sundrum scenario to higher dimensions with nested warpings has been shown to avoid the constraints besetting the former. In the first paper of this series [ JHEP 09 (2015) 202], the Standard Model gauge and fermion fields were extended into such a six-dimensional bulk and the construction was shown to have several interesting and welcome features. In this paper, we discuss the electroweak symmetry breaking, presenting a novel Higgs localization mechanism that leads to interesting phenomenology in the Higgs sector. Localizing the Higgs modifies the Z μ and W μ boson wavefunctions, which leads to tree level changes in the oblique parameters. Using these as well as the correction to low-energy four-Fermi operators, we derive the constraints on our model and also discuss the gauge coupling evolution therein. Amusingly, the model can naturally incorporate a Higgs resonance in the 700-800 GeV range.

  2. Live cell tracking of symmetry break in actin cytoskeleton triggered by abrupt changes in micromechanical environments.

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    Inoue, S; Frank, V; Hörning, M; Kaufmann, S; Yoshikawa, H Y; Madsen, J P; Lewis, A L; Armes, S P; Tanaka, M

    2015-12-01

    With the aid of stimulus-responsive hydrogel substrates composed of ABA triblock copolymer micelles, we monitored the morphological dynamics of myoblast (C2C12) cells in response to an abrupt change in the substrate elasticity by live cell imaging. The remodeling of actin cytoskeletons could be monitored by means of transient transfection with LifeAct-GFP. Dynamic changes in the orientational order of actin filaments were characterized by an order parameter, which enables one to generalize the mechanically induced actin cytoskeletons as a break of symmetry. The critical role that acto-myosin complexes play in the morphological transition was verified by the treatment of cells with myosin II inhibitor (blebbistatin) and the fluorescence localization of focal adhesion contacts. Such dynamically tunable hydrogels can be utilized as in vitro cellular micro-environments that can exert time-dependent stimuli to mechanically regulate target cells. PMID:26347909

  3. A model for the implementation of symmetry breaking from B-to-Z-DNA configurations

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    Reséndiz-Antonio, M.; Godina-Nava, J. J.

    2012-02-01

    Supported in the helicoidal model performed by M. Barbi et al, we propose a extended Morse potential version to study the symmetry breaking in a simple non-linear DNA model based in two plane base rotors. The intention is study the development of the intermediate states appearing in the junction B-to-Z DNA, useful for understanding its biological function, once is characterized the phase transition involved. With this model, we make a comparison between the non-linear dynamics of a handedness homogeneous base-pair winding in a right-handed sense and a left handed sense. Numerical results determine that the right-handed sense is the preferential direction of winding of our spring's model that can emulate the common DNA behavior.

  4. Analysis of the QCD spectrum and chiral symmetry breaking with varying quark masses

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    Simonov, Yu. A.

    2013-04-15

    The meson spectrum of QCD is studied in the framework of nonperturbative QCD as a function of varying quark masses m{sub q}. It is shown that the total spectrum consists of two branches: 1) the standard one, which may be called the flux-tube spectrum, depending approximately linearly on m{sub q}, and 2) the chiral symmetry breaking (CSB) spectrum for pseudoscalar (PS) flavor nonsinglet mesons with mass dependence {radical}m{sub q}. The formalism for PS mesons is derived from the QCD Lagrangian with m{sub q} corrections, and a unified form of the PS propagator was derived. It is shown that the CSB branch of PS mesons joins to the flux-tube branch at around m{sub q} = 200 MeV. All these results are in close correspondence with recent numerical data on large lattices.

  5. The glassy random laser: replica symmetry breaking in the intensity fluctuations of emission spectra

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    Antenucci, Fabrizio; Crisanti, Andrea; Leuzzi, Luca

    2015-01-01

    The behavior of a newly introduced overlap parameter, measuring the correlation between intensity fluctuations of waves in random media, is analyzed in different physical regimes, with varying amount of disorder and non-linearity. This order parameter allows to identify the laser transition in random media and describes its possible glassy nature in terms of emission spectra data, the only data so far accessible in random laser measurements. The theoretical analysis is performed in terms of the complex spherical spin-glass model, a statistical mechanical model describing the onset and the behavior of random lasers in open cavities. Replica Symmetry Breaking theory allows to discern different kinds of randomness in the high pumping regime, including the most complex and intriguing glassy randomness. The outcome of the theoretical study is, eventually, compared to recent intensity fluctuation overlap measurements demonstrating the validity of the theory and providing a straightforward interpretation of qualitatively different spectral behaviors in different random lasers. PMID:26616194

  6. Symmetry-Breaking Charge Transfer of Visible Light Absorbing Systems: Zinc Dipyrrins

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    2015-01-01

    Zinc dipyrrin complexes with two identical dipyrrin ligands absorb strongly at 450–550 nm and exhibit high fluorescence quantum yields in nonpolar solvents (e.g., 0.16–0.66 in cyclohexane) and weak to nonexistent emission in polar solvents (i.e., <10–3, in acetonitrile). The low quantum efficiencies in polar solvents are attributed to the formation of a nonemissive symmetry-breaking charge transfer (SBCT) state, which is not formed in nonpolar solvents. Analysis using ultrafast spectroscopy shows that in polar solvents the singlet excited state relaxes to the SBCT state in 1.0–5.5 ps and then decays via recombination to the triplet or ground states in 0.9–3.3 ns. In the weakly polar solvent toluene, the equilibrium between a localized excited state and the charge transfer state is established in 11–22 ps. PMID:25270268

  7. Spontaneous symmetry breaking of Bose-Fermi mixtures in double-well potentials

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    Adhikari, S. K.; Malomed, B. A.; Salasnich, L.; Toigo, F.

    2010-05-15

    We study the spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB) of a superfluid Bose-Fermi (BF) mixture in a double-well potential (DWP). The mixture is described by the Gross-Pitaevskii equation (GPE) for the bosons, coupled to an equation for the order parameter of the Fermi superfluid, which is derived from the respective density functional in the unitarity limit (a similar model applies to the BCS regime, too). Straightforward SSB in the degenerate Fermi gas loaded into a DWP is impossible, as it requires an attractive self-interaction, and the intrinsic nonlinearity in the Fermi gas is repulsive. Nonetheless, we demonstrate that the symmetry breaking is possible in the mixture with attraction between fermions and bosons, like {sup 40}K and {sup 87}Rb. Numerical results are represented by dependencies of asymmetry parameters for both components on particle numbers of the mixture, N{sub F} and N{sub B}, and by phase diagrams in the (N{sub F},N{sub B}) plane, which displays regions of symmetric and asymmetric ground states. The dynamical picture of the SSB, induced by a gradual transformation of the single-well potential into the DWP, is reported too. An analytical approximation is proposed for the case when the GPE for the boson wave function may be treated by means of the Thomas-Fermi (TF) approximation. Under a special linear relationship between N{sub F} and N{sub B}, the TF approximation allows us to reduce the model to a single equation for the fermionic function, which includes competing repulsive and attractive nonlinear terms. The latter one directly displays the mechanism of the generation of the effective attraction in the Fermi superfluid, mediated by the bosonic component of the mixture.

  8. Gauge invariant nonlinear electrodynamics motivated by a spontaneous breaking of the Lorentz symmetry

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    Alfaro, Jorge; Urrutia, Luis F.

    2010-01-15

    We introduce a new version of nonlinear electrodynamics which is produced by a spontaneous symmetry breaking of Lorentz invariance induced by the nonzero vacuum expectation value of the gauge invariant electromagnetic field strength. The symmetry breaking potential is argued to effectively arise from the integration of massive gauge bosons and fermions in an underlying fundamental theory. All possible choices of the vacuum lead only to the remaining invariant subgroups T(2) and HOM(2). We explore in detail the plane wave solutions of the linearized sector of the model for an arbitrary vacuum. They present two types of dispersion relations. One corresponds to the case of the usual Maxwell electrodynamics with the standard polarization properties of the fields. The other dispersion relation involves anisotropies determined by the structure of the vacuum. The corresponding fields reflect these anisotropies. The model is stable in the small Lorentz invariance violation (LIV) approximation. We have also embedded our model in the photon sector of the standard model extension, in order to translate the many bounds obtained in the latter into corresponding limits for our parameters. The one-way anisotropic speed of light is calculated for a general vacuum, and its isotropic component is strongly bounded by {delta}-tildec/c<2x10{sup -32}. The anisotropic violation contribution is estimated by introducing an alternative definition for the difference of the two-way speed of light in perpendicular directions, {Delta}c, that is relevant to Michelson-Morley type of experiments and which turns out to be also strongly bounded by {Delta}c/c<10{sup -32}. Finally, we speculate on the relation of the vacuum energy of the model with the cosmological constant and propose a connection between the vacuum fields and the intergalactic magnetic fields.

  9. Population Structure Induces a Symmetry Breaking Favoring the Emergence of Cooperation

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    Pacheco, Jorge M.; Pinheiro, Flávio L.; Santos, Francisco C.

    2009-01-01

    The evolution of cooperation described in terms of simple two-person interactions has received considerable attention in recent years, where several key results were obtained. Among those, it is now well established that the web of social interaction networks promotes the emergence of cooperation when modeled in terms of symmetric two-person games. Up until now, however, the impacts of the heterogeneity of social interactions into the emergence of cooperation have not been fully explored, as other aspects remain to be investigated. Here we carry out a study employing the simplest example of a prisoner's dilemma game in which the benefits collected by the participants may be proportional to the costs expended. We show that the heterogeneous nature of the social network naturally induces a symmetry breaking of the game, as contributions made by cooperators may become contingent on the social context in which the individual is embedded. A new, numerical, mean-field analysis reveals that prisoner's dilemmas on networks no longer constitute a defector dominance dilemma—instead, individuals engage effectively in a general coordination game. We find that the symmetry breaking induced by population structure profoundly affects the evolutionary dynamics of cooperation, dramatically enhancing the feasibility of cooperators: cooperation blooms when each cooperator contributes the same cost, equally shared among the plethora of games in which she participates. This work provides clear evidence that, while individual rational reasoning may hinder cooperative actions, the intricate nature of social interactions may effectively transform a local dilemma of cooperation into a global coordination problem. PMID:20011116

  10. Physics Beyond the Standard Model, search for non-perturbative models of electroweak symmetry breaking

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    Cheng, Michael

    2012-03-01

    The Standard Model provides an elegant mechanism for electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB) via the introduction of a scalar Higgs field. However, the Standard Model Higgs mechanism is not the only way to explain EWSB. A class of models, broadly known as Technicolor, postulates the existence of a new strongly-interacting gauge sector at the TeV scale, coupled to the Standard Model through technifermions charged under electroweak. In technicolor, the spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry triggers EWSB, with the resulting Goldstone bosons ``eaten'' by the massive W, Z gauge bosons. Because they are strongly-coupled and inherently non-perturbative, numerical lattice gauge theory provides an ideal arena in which technicolor can be explored. The maturation of lattice methods and availability of sufficient computing power has spurred the investigation of technicolor using lattice gauge theory techniques, in particular one variant known as ``walking'' technicolor. A technicolor model that resembles QCD is problematic that it does not satisfy the constraints of precision electro-weak observables, most notably those encapsulated by the Peskin-Takeuchi parameters, as well as the contraints on flavor-changing neutral currents. Walking technicolor is a class of models where the theory is near-conformal, i.e. the gauge coupling runs very slowly (``walks'') over some large range of energy scales. This walking behavior produces a large separation of scales between the natural cut-off for the theory and the EWSB scale, allowing one to naturally generate fermion masses without violating contrainsts on flavor-changing neutral currents. The dynamics of walking theories may also allow it to satisfy the bounds on the Peskin-Takeuchi parameters. We discuss the results of recent lattice calculations that explore the properties of walking technicolor models and the its implications on possible physics beyond the Standard Model.

  11. Weak solution of the non-perturbative renormalization group equation to describe dynamical chiral symmetry breaking

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    Aoki, Ken-Ichi; Kumamoto, Shin-Ichiro; Sato, Daisuke

    2014-04-01

    We analyze dynamical chiral symmetry breaking (Dχ SB) in the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model by using the non-perturbative renormalization group equation. The equation takes the form of a two-dimensional partial differential equation for the multi-fermion effective interactions V(x,t) where x is the bar {ψ }ψ operator and t is the logarithm of the renormalization scale. The Dχ SB occurs due to the quantum corrections, which means it emerges at some finite tc while integrating the equation with respect to t. At t_c some singularities suddenly appear in V which is compulsory in the spontaneous symmetry breakdown. Therefore there is no solution of the equation beyond tc. We newly introduce the notion of a weak solution to get the global solution including the infrared limit t rArr ∞ and investigate its properties. The obtained weak solution is global and unique, and it perfectly describes the physically correct vacuum even in the case of the first order phase transition appearing in a finite-density medium. The key logic of deduction is that the weak solution we defined automatically convexifies the effective potential when treating the singularities.

  12. Symmetry breaking of solitons in two-component Gross-Pitaevskii equations

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    Sakaguchi, Hidetsugu; Malomed, Boris A.

    2011-03-15

    We revisit the problem of the spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB) of solitons in two-component linearly coupled nonlinear systems, adding the nonlinear interaction between the components. With this feature, the system may be realized in new physical settings, in terms of optics and the Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). SSB bifurcation points are found analytically, for both symmetric and antisymmetric solitons (the symmetry between the two components is meant here). Asymmetric solitons, generated by the bifurcations, are described by means of the variational approximation (VA) and numerical methods, demonstrating good accuracy of the variational results. In the space of the self-phase-modulation (SPM) parameter and soliton's norm, a border separating stable symmetric and asymmetric solitons is identified. The nonlinear coupling may change the character of the SSB bifurcation, from subcritical to supercritical. Collisions between moving asymmetric and symmetric solitons are investigated too. Antisymmetric solitons are destabilized by a supercritical bifurcation, which gives rise to self-confined modes featuring Josephson oscillations, instead of stationary states with broken antisymmetry. An additional instability against delocalized perturbations is also found for the antisymmetric solitons.

  13. Inducing chaos by breaking axial symmetry in a black hole magnetosphere

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    Kopáček, O.; Karas, V.

    2014-06-01

    While the motion of particles near a rotating, electrically neutral (Kerr), and charged (Kerr-Newman) black hole is always strictly regular, a perturbation in the gravitational or the electromagnetic field generally leads to chaos. The transition from regular to chaotic dynamics is relatively gradual if the system preserves axial symmetry, whereas non-axisymmetry induces chaos more efficiently. Here we study the development of chaos in an oblique (electro-vacuum) magnetosphere of a magnetized black hole. Besides the strong gravity of the massive source represented by the Kerr metric, we consider the presence of a weak, ordered, large-scale magnetic field. An axially symmetric model consisting of a rotating black hole embedded in an aligned magnetic field is generalized by allowing an oblique direction of the field having a general inclination with respect to the rotation axis of the system. The inclination of the field acts as an additional perturbation to the motion of charged particles as it breaks the axial symmetry of the system and cancels the related integral of motion. The axial component of angular momentum is no longer conserved and the resulting system thus has three degrees of freedom. Our primary concern within this contribution is to find out how sensitive the system of bound particles is to the inclination of the field. We employ the method of the maximal Lyapunov exponent to distinguish between regular and chaotic orbits and to quantify their chaoticity. We find that even a small misalignment induces chaotic motion.

  14. Symmetry Breaking of B2N((-, 0, +)): An Aspect of the Electric Potential and Atomic Charges.

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    Monajjemi, Majid; Bagheri, Samira; Moosavi, Matin S; Moradiyeh, Nahid; Zakeri, Mina; Attarikhasraghi, Naime; Saghayimarouf, Nastaran; Niyatzadeh, Ghorban; Shekarkhand, Marzie; Khalilimofrad, Mohammad S; Ahmadin, Hashem; Ahadi, Maryam

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the three forms of B2N((-, 0, +))-radical, anion and cation-have been compared in terms of electric potential and atomic charges, ESP, rather than the well-known cut of the potential energy surface (PES). We have realized that the double minimum of the BNB radical is related to the lack of the correct permutational symmetry of the wave function and charge distribution. The symmetry breaking (SB) for B2N((0, +)) exhibits energy barrier in the region of (5-150) cm(-1). The SB barrier goes through a dynamic change with no centrosymmetric form which depends on the wave function or charge distribution. In spite of A ˜ 2 Σ g + exited state, the B ˜ 2 ∏ g excited configuration contributes to the ground state ( B ˜ 2 ∏ g - X ˜ 2 Σ u + ) for forming radicals. The SB did not occur for the anion form (B2N((-))) in any electrostatic potential and charges distribution. Finally, we have modified the Columbic term of the Schrödinger equation to define the parameters "αα' and ββ'" in order to investigate the SBs subject. PMID:26633353

  15. Symmetry breaking induced mode splitting based on a plasmonic waveguide system

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    Chen, Zhao; Chen, Mingshu; Li, Jia; Wang, Lulu; Jiao, Rongzhen; Duan, Gaoyan; Yu, Li; Xiao, Jinghua

    2016-04-01

    Mode splitting is numerically predicted in a symmetry breaking plasmonic waveguide system, which consists of a metal-insulator-metal structure with a square cavity. By introducing a baffle in the square cavity, the anti-symmetric waveguide mode is excited and the transmission properties analyzed in detail. Simulation results show that we can obtain a longer resonant wavelength by only increasing the length of the baffle. Using the relationship between the length h and resonant wavelength λ, we can get a resonant cavity with a quality factor (Q-factor) as high as Q  ≈  150. Furthermore, a compact 1  ×  2 plasmonic wavelength demultiplexer is successfully achieved without increasing the total size of the structure, which is very conducive to integration. In addition, a refractive index sensor with a high sensitivity about 1320 nm/RIU is also realized. When the lateral symmetry of the structure is broken, the anti-symmetric waveguide mode splits into two high-order modes, and a typical Fano profile is also achieved. Our compact plasmonic structure may have potential applications in nanoscale optical switching, nanosensors, nanolasers, wavelength demultiplexers and slow-light devices in highly integrated optical circuits.

  16. Bose-Einstein condensate and spontaneous breaking of conformal symmetry on Killing horizons

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    Moretti, Valter; Pinamonti, Nicola

    2005-06-01

    Local scalar quantum field theory (in Weyl algebraic approach) is constructed on degenerate semi-Riemannian manifolds corresponding to Killing horizons in spacetime. Covariance properties of the C*-algebra of observables with respect to the conformal group PSL(2,R ) are studied. It is shown that, in addition to the state studied by Guido, Longo, Roberts, and Verch for bifurcated Killing horizons, which is conformally invariant and KMS at Hawking temperature with respect to the Killing flow and defines a conformal net of von Neumann algebras, there is a further wide class of algebraic (coherent) states representing spontaneous breaking of PSL(2,R ) symmetry. This class is labeled by functions in a suitable Hilbert space and their GNS representations enjoy remarkable properties. The states are nonequivalent extremal KMS states at Hawking temperature with respect to the residual one-parameter subgroup of PSL(2,R ) associated with the Killing flow. The KMS property is valid for the two local subalgebras of observables uniquely determined by covariance and invariance under the residual symmetry unitarily represented. These algebras rely on the physical region of the manifold corresponding to a Killing horizon cleaned up by removing the unphysical points at infinity [necessary to describe the whole PSL(2,R ) action]. Each of the found states can be interpreted as a different thermodynamic phase, containing Bose-Einstein condensate, for the considered quantum field. It is finally suggested that the found states could describe different black holes.

  17. The inverse seesaw in conformal electro-weak symmetry breaking and phenomenological consequences

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    Humbert, Pascal; Lindner, Manfred; Smirnov, Juri

    2015-06-01

    We study the inverse seesaw mechanism for neutrino masses and phenomenological consequences in the context of conformal electro-weak symmetry breaking. The main difference to the usual case is that all explicit fermion mass terms including Majorana masses for neutrinos are forbidden. All fermion mass terms arise therefore from vacuum expectation values of suitable scalars times some Yukawa couplings. This leads to interesting consequences for model building, neutrino mass phenomenology and the Dark Matter abundance. In the context of the inverse seesaw we find a favoured scenario with heavy pseudo-Dirac sterile neutrinos at the TeV scale, which in the conformal framework conspire with the electro-weak scale to generate keV scale warm Dark Matter. The mass scale relations provide naturally the correct relic abundance due to a freeze-in mechanism. We demonstrate also how conformal symmetry decouples the right-handed neutrino mass scale and effective lepton number violation. We find that lepton flavour violating processes can be well within the reach of modern experiments. Furthermore, interesting decay signatures are expected at the LHC.

  18. Bose-Einstein condensate and spontaneous breaking of conformal symmetry on Killing horizons

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    Moretti, Valter; Pinamonti, Nicola

    2005-06-01

    Local scalar quantum field theory (in Weyl algebraic approach) is constructed on degenerate semi-Riemannian manifolds corresponding to Killing horizons in spacetime. Covariance properties of the C*-algebra of observables with respect to the conformal group PSL(2,R) are studied. It is shown that, in addition to the state studied by Guido, Longo, Roberts, and Verch for bifurcated Killing horizons, which is conformally invariant and KMS at Hawking temperature with respect to the Killing flow and defines a conformal net of von Neumann algebras, there is a further wide class of algebraic (coherent) states representing spontaneous breaking of PSL(2,R) symmetry. This class is labeled by functions in a suitable Hilbert space and their GNS representations enjoy remarkable properties. The states are nonequivalent extremal KMS states at Hawking temperature with respect to the residual one-parameter subgroup of PSL(2,R) associated with the Killing flow. The KMS property is valid for the two local subalgebras of observables uniquely determined by covariance and invariance under the residual symmetry unitarily represented. These algebras rely on the physical region of the manifold corresponding to a Killing horizon cleaned up by removing the unphysical points at infinity [necessary to describe the whole PSL(2,R) action]. Each of the found states can be interpreted as a different thermodynamic phase, containing Bose-Einstein condensate, for the considered quantum field. It is finally suggested that the found states could describe different black holes.

  19. Resolving the octant of θ23 via radiative μ-τ symmetry breaking

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    Luo, Shu; Xing, Zhi-zhong

    2014-10-01

    We point out that the observed neutrino mixing pattern at low energies is very likely to originate from the 3×3 Pontecorvo-Maki-Nakagawa-Sakata (PMNS) lepton flavor mixing matrix U which possesses the exact μ-τ permutation symmetry |Uμi|=|Uτi| (for i =1, 2, 3) at a superhigh energy scale Λμτ˜1014 GeV. The deviation of θ23 from 45° and that of δ from 270° in the standard parametrization of U are therefore a natural consequence of small PMNS μ-τ symmetry breaking via the renormalization-group equations (RGEs) running from Λμτ down to the electroweak scale ΛEW˜102 GeV. We find that the RGE-corrected value of θ23 is uniquely correlated with the neutrino mass ordering. In the minimal supersymmetric standard model, the best-fit results θ23≃42.4° reported by Capozzi et al. (or θ23≃48.9° reported by Forero et al.) at ΛEW can arise from θ23=45° at Λμτ if the neutrino mass ordering is inverted (or normal). Accordingly, the preliminary best-fit results of δ at ΛEW can also evolve from δ =270° at Λμτ no matter whether the massive neutrinos are Dirac or Majorana particles.

  20. Moving vortex phases, dynamical symmetry breaking, and jamming for vortices in honeycomb pinning arrays

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    Reichhardt, Charles; Reichhardt, Cynthia

    2008-01-01

    We show using numerical simulations that vortices in honeycomb pinning arrays can exhibit a remarkable variety of dynamical phases that are distinct from those found for triangular and square pinning arrays. In the honeycomb arrays, it is possible for the interstitial vortices to form dimer or higher n-mer states which have an additional orientational degree of freedom that can lead to the formation of vortex molecular crystals. For filling fractions where dimer states appear, a dynamical symmetry breaking can occur when the dimers flow in one of two possible alignment directions. This leads to transport in the direction transverse to the applied drive. We show that dimerization produces distinct types of moving phases which depend on the direction of the driving force with respect to the pinning lattice symmetry. When the dimers are driven along certain directions, a reorientation of the dimers can produce a jamming phenomenon which results in a strong enhancement in the critical depinning force. The jamming can also cause unusual effects such as an increase in the critical depinning force when the size of the pinning sites is reduced.