Chromomagnetic instability in dense quark matter

Mei Huang, Igor A. Shovkovy

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The results for the Debye and Meissner screening masses of the gluons and the photon in the case of neutral and β-equilibrated dense two-flavor quark matter are presented. In the limits of the normal phase and the ideal two-flavor color superconducting phase, the screening masses coincide with the known results. Most interestingly, we find that the Meissner screening masses squared can be negative, indicating a plasma-type chromomagnetic instability in dense quark matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051501
Pages (from-to)051501-1-051501-5
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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