Vacuum polarization energy of the Shifman–Voloshin soliton

Weigel, H. ; Graham, N. (2018)

CITATION: Weigel, H. & Graham, N. 2018. Vacuum polarization energy of the Shifman–Voloshin soliton. Physics Letters B, 783:434-439, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2018.07.027.

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We compute the vacuum polarization energy of soliton configurations in a model with two scalar fields in one space dimension using spectral methods. The second field represents an extension of the conventional ϕ4 kink soliton model. We find that the vacuum polarization energy destabilizes the soliton except when the fields have identical masses. In that case the model is equivalent to two independent ϕ4 models.

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