A remark on Witten effect for QCD monopoles in matrix quantum mechanics

Gregory Gabadadze, Zurab Kakushadze

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    In a recent work3 we argued that a certain matrix quantum mechanics may describe 't Hooft's monopoles which emerge in QCD when the theory is projected to its maximal Abelian subgroup. In this letter we find further evidence which supports this interpretation. We study the theory with a nonzero theta-term. In this case, 't Hooft's QCD monopoles become dyons since they acquire electric charges due to the Witten effect. We calculate a potential between a dyon and an anti-dyon in the matrix quantum mechanics, and find that the attractive force between them grows as the theta angle increases.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2151-2155
    Number of pages5
    JournalModern Physics Letters A
    Issue number31
    StatePublished - Oct 10 1999

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • General Physics and Astronomy


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