The moduli space of vacua of N = 2 SUSY QCD and duality in N = 1 SUSY QCD


Journal Article

We analyze in detail the moduli space of vacua of N = 2 SUSY QCD with nc colors and nf flavors. The Coulomb branch has submanifolds with non-Abelian gauge symmetry. The massless quarks and gluons at these vacua are smoothly connected to the underlying elementary quarks and gluons. Upon breaking N = 2 by an N = 1 preserving mass term for the adjoint field the theory flows to N = 1 SUSY QCD. Some of the massless quarks and gluons on the moduli space of the N = 2 theory become the magnetic quarks and gluons of the N = 1 theory. In this way we derive the duality m N = 1 SUSY QCD by identifying its crucial building blocks - the magnetic degrees of freedom - using only semiclassical physics and the non-renormalization theorem.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Argyres, PC; Plesser, MR; Seiberg, N

Published Date

  • July 8, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 471 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 159 - 194

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0550-3213

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0550-3213(96)00210-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus