Reducing the O(3) model as an effective field theory

Sven Bjarke Gudnason, Muneto Nitta

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We consider the O(3) or ℂP1 nonlinear sigma model as an effective field theory in a derivative expansion, with the most general Lagrangian that obeys O(3), parity and Lorentz symmetry. We work out the complete list of possible operators (terms) in the Lagrangian and eliminate as many as possible using integrations by parts. We further show at the four-derivative level, that the theory can be shown to avoid the Ostrogradsky instability, because the dependence on the d’Alembertian operator or so-called box, can be eliminated by a field redefinition. Going to the six-derivative order in the derivative expansion, we show that this can no longer be done, unless we are willing to sacrifice Lorentz invariance. By doing so, we can eliminate all dependence on double time derivatives and hence the Ostrogradsky instability or ghost, however, we unveil a remaining dynamical instability that takes the form either as a spiral instability or a runaway instability and estimate the critical field norm, at which the instability sets off.

Original languageEnglish
Article number30
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar


  • Effective Field Theories
  • Sigma Models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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