Nature of the continuum limit in the 2D (Formula presented) gauge model

S. M. Catterall, M. Hasenbusch, R. R. Horgan, R. Renken

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The (Formula presented) gauge model which allows interpolation between the (Formula presented) and O(3) spin models is studied in 2D. We use Monte Carlo renormalization techniques for blocking the mean spin-spin interaction (Formula presented) and the mean gauge field plaquette (Formula presented) The presence of the O(3) renormalized trajectory is verified and is consistent with the known three-loop β function. The first-order “vorticity” transition observed by Solomon et al. is confirmed, and the location of the terminating critical point is established. New scaling flows in (Formula presented) are observed associated with a large exponent κ in the range 4–5. The scaling flows are found to give rise to a strong crossover effect between regions of high and low vorticity and are likely to induce an apparent signal for scaling in the crossover region which we propose explains the scaling observed for (Formula presented) and (Formula presented) models by Caracciolo et al. and also in a study of the SO(4) matrix model by Hasenbusch and Horgan. We show that the signal for this “pseudo” scaling will occur for the (Formula presented) spin model in the crossover region which is precisely the region in which computer simulations are done. We find that the (Formula presented) spin model is in the same universality class as the O(3) spin model, but that it is likely to require a very large correlation length before the true scaling of this class sets in. We conjecture that the scaling flows are due either to the influence of a nearby new renormalized trajectory or to the ghost of the Kosterlitz-Thouless trajectory in the associated (Formula presented) model. In the former case it is argued that the “vorticity” fixed point controlling the critical behavior terminating the first-order line cannot be identified with the conjectured new renormalized trajectory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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