Supersymmetry breaking on gauged non-Abelian vortices

Kenichi Konishi, Muneto Nitta, Walter Vinci

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There is a great number of systems characterized by a completely broken gauge symmetry, but with an unbroken global color-flavor diagonal symmetry, i.e., systems in the so-called color-flavor locked phase. If the gauge symmetry breaking supports vortices, the latter develop non-Abelian orientational zero-modes and become non-Abelian vortices, a subject of intense study in the last several years. In this paper we consider the effects of weakly gauging the full exact global flavor symmetry in such systems, deriving an effective description of the light excitations in the presence of a vortex. Surprising consequences are shown to follow. The fluctuations of the vortex orientational modes get diffused to bulk modes through tunneling processes. When the model is embedded in an N = 2 supersymmetric theory, the vortex is still 1/2 BPS saturated, but the vortex effective action breaks supersymmetry spontaneously.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Nonperturbative effects
  • Solitons monopoles and instantons
  • Supersymmetric gauge theory
  • Supersymmetry breaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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