Double-scaled field theory at c = 1

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We investigate the double-scaled free fermion theory of the c = 1 matrix model. We compute correlation functions of the eigenvalue density field and compare with the predictions of a relativistic boson theory. The c = 1 theory behaves as a relativistic theory at long distances, but has softer behavior at short distances. The soft short-distance behavior is closely related to the breakdown of the topological expansion at high energies. We also compute macroscopic loop amplitudes at c = 1, finding an integral representation for n-loop amplitudes to all orders of perturbation theory. We evaluate the integrals explicitly for two, three, and four macroscopic loops. The small loop length asymptotic expansion then gives correlation functions of local operators in the theory. The two-macroscopic-loop formula gives information on the spectrum and wave functions in the theory. The three- and four-loop amplitudes give scattering amplitudes for tachyon operators to all orders of perturbation theory. Again, the topological expansion breaks down at high energies. We compare our amplitudes with predictions from the Liouville theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-590
Number of pages34
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 20 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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