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New nonperturbative scales and glueballs in confining supersymmetric gauge theories

Anber, Mohamed M. and Poppitz, Erich (2018) 'New nonperturbative scales and glueballs in confining supersymmetric gauge theories.', Journal of high energy physics., 2018 (3). 052.


We show that new nonperturbative scales exist in four-dimensional N = 1 super-Yang-Mills theory compactified on a circle, with an iterated-exponential dependence on the inverse gauge coupling. The lightest states with the quantum numbers of four-dimensional glueballs are nonrelativistic bound states of dual Cartan gluons and superpartners, with binding energy equal to e−e1/g2 in units of the confining mass gap. Focusing on SU(2) gauge group, we construct the nonrelativistic effective theory, show that the lightest glueball/glueballino states fill a chiral supermultiplet, and determine their “doubly-nonperturbative” binding energy. The iterated-exponential dependence on the gauge coupling is due to nonperturbative couplings in the long distance theory, λ∼e−1g2, which are responsible for attractive interactions, in turn producing exponentially small, ∼e−1λ, effects.

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Date accepted:19 February 2018
Date deposited:04 October 2021
Date of first online publication:09 March 2018
Date first made open access:04 October 2021

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