Gluonic phase versus LOFF phase in two-flavor quark matter

O. Kiriyama, D. H. Rischke, I. A. Shovkovy

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We study the gluonic phase in a two-flavor color superconductor as a function of the ratio of the gap over the chemical potential mismatch, Δ / δ μ. We find that the gluonic phase resolves the chromomagnetic instability encountered in a two-flavor color superconductor for Δ / δ μ < sqrt(2). We also calculate approximately the free energies of the gluonic phase and the single plane-wave LOFF phase and show that the former is favored over the latter for a wide range of coupling strengths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-335
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 28 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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