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Exotic $\mathbb{Z}_N$ Symmetries, Duality, and Fractons in 3+1-Dimensional Quantum Field Theory

by Nathan Seiberg, Shu-Heng Shao

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As Contributors: Shu-Heng Shao
Arxiv Link: (pdf)
Date submitted: 2020-06-09
Submitted by: Shao, Shu-Heng
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Discipline: Physics
Subject area: Condensed Matter Physics - Theory
Approach: Theoretical


Following our earlier analyses of nonstandard continuum quantum field theories, we study here gapped systems in 3+1 dimensions, which exhibit fractonic behavior. In particular, we present three dual field theory descriptions of the low-energy physics of the X-cube model. A key aspect of our constructions is the use of discontinuous fields in the continuum field theory. Spacetime is continuous, but the fields are not.

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Submission 2004.06115v2 on 9 June 2020

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