Chiral symmety breaking in 3-flavor Nambu-Jona Lasinio model in magnetic background

Chiral symmety breaking in 3-flavor Nambu-Jona Lasinio model in magnetic background


Effect of magnetic field on chiral symmetry breaking in a 3-flavor Nambu Jona Lasinio (NJL) model at finite temperature and densities is considered here using an explicit structure of ground state in terms of quark and antiquark condensates. While at zero chemical potential and finite temperature, magnetic field enhances the condensates, at zero temperature, the critical chemical potential decreases with increasing magnetic field.

1 Introduction

The effect of high density and/or high temperature on the QCD vacuum has been a major theoretical and experimental challenge in the physics of strong interaction. In addition to the effects of high temperature and density, the effect of high magnetic field has also attracted recent attention of physicists recently. The motivation behind this study is the possibilty of creating ultra strong magnetic fields in non central collisions at RHIC and LHC which are estimated to be of hadronic scale [1, 2] of the order of ( Gauss) at RHIC, to about at LHC [2].

The studies of the effect of magnetic field on the vacuum structure of QCD has indicated that magnetic field acts as a catalyser of chiral symmetry breaking (CSB) [3, 4]. On the other hand, it has been argued recently that there is an inverse magnetic catalysis at finite baryon chemical potential [5].

In this work, we investigate the effect of finite density and temperature on the vacuum structure in the context of CSB in a magnetic background using a variational method for 3-flavor NJL model.

2 Model interaction and gap equation

We shall consider hot and dense quark matter in a constant magnetic field in the direction wich can be obtained from a electromagnetic vector potential given by . Solving the Dirac equation we get the energy of the n-th Lanadu level given as . is the electromagnetic charge of the quark of the i-th flavor with current quark mass .

To study CSB, we consider a trial state with quark-antiquark pairs as


In the above ansatz for the ground state, is a real function describing the quark antiquark condensates related to the vacuum realignment for chiral symmetry breaking. This will be determined from the extremization of the thermodynamic potential. The spin dependent structure is given by


The ansatz of Eq.(1) is a Bogoliubov transformation of the vacuum state . Further the effect of temperature and density can be included through a thermal Bogoliubov transformation using thermofield dynamics. All these formulations are discussed in detail in reference [6].

The expectation value of the chiral order parameter for the -th flavor for this ground state is given by


where, is the degeneracy factor of the -th Landau level and and are distribution functions of quarks and anti quarks respectively. We have defined with and [6].

Now for calculating the thermodynamic potential, we consider the 3-flavor Nambu Jona Lasinio model including the Kobayashi-Maskawa-t-Hooft (KMT) determinant interaction term. The corresponding Hamiltonian density is given as


Where =diag is the current quark mass matrix in the flavor space. We assume isospin symmetry with =. , denote the Gellman matrices acting in the flavor space and , as the unit matrix in the flavor space. The determinant term breaks symmetry. If the mass term is neglected, the overall symmetry is . This spontaneously breaks to implying the conservation of the baryon number and the flavor number. The current quark mass term introduces additional explicit breaking of chiral symmetry leading to partial conservation of the axial current.

Now minimization of the thermodynamic potential for our model w.r.t the chiral condensate function leads to the mass gap equation.


and the thermodynamic potential is given as


where, is the excitation energy with the “constituent quark mass” . The zero temperature and the zero density contribution of the thermodynamic potential () in the above is ultraviolet divergent, which is also transmitted to the gap equation Eq.(5). To remove this divergence, we use a regularization procedure involving addition and subtraction of a divergent term which is discussed in detail in ref.[6].

Figure 1: Constituent quark masses with temperature for different magnetic fields. Figure in the left panel shows the mass of up quark at zero baryon chemical potential as a function of temperature for different values of the magnetic field. Figure in the right panel shows the same for the strange quark mass . Both the subplots correspond to nonzero values for the current quark masses given as =5.5 MeV and =140.7 MeV.

3 Results and discussions

For numerical calculation, we choose the following parametrization of the hamiltonian given in Eq.(4). We take MeV and GeV. The three momentum cut off for NJL model is GeV. The dimensionless couplings are and . With these parameters, the vacuum masses of up and down quarks turn out to be 368 MeV and mass of the strange quark is 549 MeV. In Fig. 1, we have shown the effect of temperature on the constituent quark mass for different magnetic field strength at zero baryon chemical potential. The constituent quark mass smoothly approaches the current quark mass as temperature is increased. The magnetic field clearly enhances the chiral condensate. In Fig. 2, we show the effect of magnetic field and chemical potential on chiral symmetry breaking. As chemical potential is increased there is a first order transition with the order parameter changing discontinuously at the critical chemical potential . Although the condensate value increase with the magnetic field before the transition, the value of decreases with magnetic field. This phenomena is termed as inverse magnetic catalysis in Ref.[5] where chiral symmetry breaking has been considered in a holographic model. A more detailed discussion on the effect of magnetic field, temperature and density on chiral symmetry breaking, equation of state as well as charge netral matter has been given in Ref.[6].

Figure 2: Constituent quark masses as functions of for . The up quark masses are shown in left panel and figure in the right panel shows strange quark masses for different strength of magnetic fields.


  1. D.Kharzeev, L. McLerran and H. Warringa, Nucl. Phys. A803, 227 (2008); K.Fukushima, D. Kharzeev and H. Warringa,Phys. Rev. D 78, 074033 (2008).
  2. V. Skokov, A. Illarionov and V. Toneev, Int. j. Mod. Phys. A 24, 5925, (2009).
  3. E.V. Gorbar, V.A. Miransky and I. Shovkovy,Phys. Rev. C 80, 032801(R) (2009); ibid, arXiv:1009.1656[hep-ph].
  4. V.P. Gusynin, V. Miranski and I. Shovkovy,Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 3499 (1994); Phys. Lett. B 349, 477 (1995); Nucl. Phys. B462, 249 (1996).
  5. F. Preis, A. Rebhan, A Schmitt; arXiv:hep-th/1012.4785
  6. B. Chatterjee, H. Mishra and A. Mishra; arXiv:hep-ph/1101.0498
Comments 0
Request Comment
You are adding the first comment!
How to quickly get a good reply:
  • Give credit where it’s due by listing out the positive aspects of a paper before getting into which changes should be made.
  • Be specific in your critique, and provide supporting evidence with appropriate references to substantiate general statements.
  • Your comment should inspire ideas to flow and help the author improves the paper.

The better we are at sharing our knowledge with each other, the faster we move forward.
The feedback must be of minimum 40 characters and the title a minimum of 5 characters
Add comment
Loading ...
This is a comment super asjknd jkasnjk adsnkj
The feedback must be of minumum 40 characters
The feedback must be of minumum 40 characters

You are asking your first question!
How to quickly get a good answer:
  • Keep your question short and to the point
  • Check for grammar or spelling errors.
  • Phrase it like a question
Test description