Some aspects of jump-defects in the quantum sine-Gordon model

P Bowcock, E Corrigan, C Zambon

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The classical sine-Gordon model permits integrable discontinuities, or jump-defects, where the conditions relating the fields on either side of a defect are Backlund transformations frozen at the defect location. The purpose of this article is to explore the extent to which this idea may be extended to the quantum sine-Gordon model and how the striking features of the classical model may translate to the quantum version. Assuming a positive defect parameter there are two types of defect. One type, carrying even charge, is stable, but the other type, carrying odd charge, is unstable and may be considered as a resonant bound state of a soliton and a stable defect. The scattering of solitons with defects is considered in detail, as is the scattering of breathers, and in all cases the jump-defect is purely transmitting. One surprising discovery concerns the lightest breather. Its transmission factor is independent of the bulk coupling - a property susceptible to a perturbative check, but not shared with any of the other breathers. It is argued that classical jump-defects can move and some comments are made concerning their quantum scattering matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


  • solitons monopoles and instantons
  • field theories in lower dimensions
  • integrable field theories
  • exact S-matrix
  • LINE

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