Instantons |

**In General**
> s.a. gravitational instantons [including supergravity].

@ __References__: Jentschura & Zinn-Justin JPA(01)mp [higher-order corrections];
Paradis et al PRA(05)qp/04 [and tunneling].

**In Gauge Theories**
> s.a. QCD phenomenology; quantum particles.

* __Idea__: Instantons are
(anti)self-dual solutions of the Yang-Mills field equations in Euclideanized
spacetime, satisfying certain boundary conditions that physically guarantee
that they will have a finite action, and they can formally be extended from
\(\mathbb R^4\) to S^{4}.

* __History__: Initially called also
pseudo-particles; They have become very useful in the theory of 4-manifolds.

* __Boundary conditions__:
We impose *A*_{a} \(\mapsto\)
*g*^{−1} ∂_{a}
*g* (pure gauge) and *F*_{ab} → 0 at infinity.

* __Field equations__: The
(anti)self-duality conditions guarantee that the field equations *D***F*
= 0 are satisfied, since in this case they are equivalent to the Bianchi identities
*DF* = 0; Recall also that these equations depend only on the conformal structure
of the metric; But it can also be shown that (anti)self-dual solutions are global minima
of the action for a given topological sector, characterized by the integer *k*
= −C_{2}(*P*), *P* being the bundle
over S^{4} to which the gauge field belongs.

* __Reason for Euclideanization__: The
reason why Euclideanized spacetime is used (besides convenience for calculations) is
that in Lorentzian spacetime the (anti)self-duality condition (which would read *F*
= ± i **F*, instead of *F* = ± **F*) would mean
i\(\cal G\) = \(\cal G\), where \(\cal G\) is the Lie algebra of the gauge group, which
requires that the Lie group be non-compact, contrary to what is usually assumed.

* __Applications__: They are used in calculating
tunneling probability amplitudes, including false vacuum decay ones, by the semiclassical
(WKB) formula Γ ~ exp(\(-I/\hbar\)), with *I* the Euclidean action.

@ __In Yang-Mills theory__:
Schwarz PLB(77),
Jackiw & Rebbi PLB(77) [SU(2), degrees of freedom];
Ford et al NPB(01)ht/00 [ADHM construction for SU(2) on torus];
Tyurin RMS(02) [rev, mathematical];
Bonora et al JPA(03)ht/02 [2D, stringy];
Forkel ht/04 [closed FLRW models];
Colladay & McDonald JMP(04) [and Lorentz violation];
Vandoren & van Nieuwenhuizen a0802-ln [in super-Yang-Mills theory];
Oh et al JHEP(11) [from gravitational instantons];
Cano et al JHEP(17)-a1704 [gravitating];
> s.a. self-dual solutions.

@ __In QCD__: Shuryak NPB(82) + next two;
Brown et al PRD(99)hp/98 [and the QCD vacuum];
Schäfer & Shuryak RMP(98);
't Hooft ht/99;
Pisarski & Rennecke PRD(20)-a1910 [role];
> s.a. U(1) problem.

@ __Relation with monopoles__:
Garland & Murray CMP(89);
Di Giacomo & Hasegawa PRD(15)-a1501 [and chiral symmetry breaking].

@ __Related topics__: Demetrian PS(06) [Coleman-de Luccia, second-order].

**References** > s.a. 4D manifolds;
quaternions; riemannian geometry.

@ __Books and reviews__: Rajaraman 82;
in Coleman 85;
Freed & Uhlenbeck 90;
Dorey et al PRP(02)ht [multi-instanton calculus];
Ritter mp/03;
Jardim m.DG/05-en [topological aspects];
Weinberg 12.

@ __Original papers__: Belavin et al PLB(75);
Brown et al PRD(77).

@ __Mathematical__: Atiyah & Ward CMP(77);
Atiyah et al PRS(78).

@ __Instanton moduli space__: Blau et al ht/01 [information metric and AdS-cft].

@ __In quantum field theory__:
Mueller-Kirsten et al JHEP(01) [and WKB];
Vaillant et al JChemP(19)-a1908 [instanton approximation for reaction rate, semiclassical].

@ __In curved spacetime__: Gibbons [Taub-NUT]; Kim & Kim NCB(99) [in de Sitter];
Etesi & Hausel JGP(01)ht/00 [abelian, euclidean Schwarzschild].

@ __Fuzzy / non-commutative__: Balachandran & Vaidya IJMPA(01)ht/99;
Schwarz CMP(01)ht;
> s.a. non-commutative fields; spacetime foam.

@ __Other types__:
Landi & Marmo PLB(88) [algebraic instantons];
Baraglia & Hekmati AiM(16)-a1401 [contact instantons, moduli space].

@ __Related topics__:
Lo et al PRD(79) [multi-instantons];
Shuryak NPB(88) + next three [ensemble];
Moch et al NPB(97) [and deep inelastic scattering];
García Pérez et al PLB(00) [size distribution];
Jardim JGP(04) [Nahm transform];
Hanany & Kalveks JHEP(15)-a1509 [Hilbert series].

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