D-theory: Field theory via dimensional reduction of discrete variables

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A new non-perturbative approach to quantum field theory - D-theory - is proposed, in which continuous classical fields are replaced by discrete quantized variables which undergo dimensional reduction. The 2-d classical O(3) model emerges from the (2 + 1)-d quantum Heisenberg model formulated in terms of quantum spins. Dimensional reduction is demonstrated explicitly by simulating correlation lengths up to 350,000 lattice spacings using a loop cluster algorithm. In the framework of D-theory, gauge theories are formulated in terms of quantum links - the gauge analogs of quantum spins. Quantum links are parallel transporter matrices whose elements are non-commuting operators. They can be expressed as bilinears of anticommuting fermion constituents. In quantum link models dimensional reduction to four dimensions occurs, due to the presence of a 5-d Coulomb phase, whose existence is confirmed by detailed simulations using standard lattice gauge theory. Using Shamir's variant of Kaplan's fermion proposal, in quantum link QCD quarks appear as edge states of a 5-d slab. This naturally protects their chiral symmetries without fine-tuning. The first efficient cluster algorithm for a gauge theory with a continuous gauge group is formulated for the U(1) quantum link model. Improved estimators for Wilson loops are constructed, and dimensional reduction to ordinary lattice QED is verified numerically.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beard, BB; Brower, RC; Chandrasekharan, S; Chen, D; Tsapalis, A; Wiese, UJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 / 1-3

Start / End Page

  • 775 - 789

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0920-5632

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0920-5632(97)00900-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus