Dynamical chiral symmetry breaking by a magnetic field in QED

V. P. Gusynin, V. A. Miransky, I. A. Shovkovy

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It is shown that chiral symmetry is spontaneously broken by a constant magnetic field in QED. The dynamical mass of fermions (energy gap in the fermion spectrum) is mdynC eB exp[-(π/α)1/2], where B is the magnetic field, the constant C is of order one, and α=e2/4π is the renormalized coupling constant. Possible applications of this effect are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4747-4751
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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