Origin of fermion masses without spontaneous symmetry breaking

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ayyar, V; Chandrasekharan, S

Published Date

  • April 20, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 8

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2470-0029

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2470-0010

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevD.93.081701

Citation Source

  • Scopus