Quantum formation of topological defects

Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Tanmay Vachaspati, George Zahariade

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We consider quantum phase transitions with global symmetry breakings that result in the formation of topological defects. We evaluate the number densities of kinks, vortices, and monopoles that are produced in d=1, 2, 3 spatial dimensions, respectively, and find that they scale as t-d/2 and evolve toward attractor solutions that are independent of the quench timescale. For d=1 our results apply in the region of parameters λτ/m≪1 where λ is the quartic self-interaction of the order parameter, τ is the quench timescale, and m is the mass parameter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number116002
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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