Regular Article – Theoretical Physics
RG flows in non-perturbative gauge-Higgs unification II: effective action for the Higgs phase near the quantum phase transition
Department of Physics, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou Campus, 15780, Athens, Greece
Accepted: 5 February 2021
Published online: 24 February 2021
We construct the zero temperature (no compact dimensions) effective action for an SU(2) Yang–Mills theory in five dimensions, with boundary conditions that reduce the symmetry on the four-dimensional boundary located at the origin to a U(1)-complex scalar system. In order to be sensitive to the Higgs phase, we need to include higher dimensional operators in the effective action, which can be naturally achieved by generating it by expanding the corresponding lattice construction in small lattice spacing, taking the naive continuum limit and then renormalizing. In addition, we build in the effective action non-perturbative information, related to a first order quantum phase transition known to exist. As a result, the effective action acquires a finite cut-off that is low and the fine tuning of the scalar mass is rather mild.
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