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Abstract We combine two partons on a random lattice as a vector state. In the ladder approximation, we find that such states have 1 / p 2 propagators (after tuning the mass to vanish). We also construct some diagrams which are very similar to 3-string vertices in string field theory for the first oscillator mode. Attaching 3 such lattice states to these vertices, we get Yang–Mills and F 3 interactions up to 3-point as from bosonic string (field) theory. This gives another view of a gauge field as a bound state in a theory whose only fundamental fields are scalars.

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Physics Letters B

String interactions on the random lattice

Haidong Feng *, Yu-tin Huang, Warren Siegel

C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 11790-3840, NY, USA

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We combine two partons on a random lattice as a vector state. In the ladder approximation, we find that such states have 1/p2 propagators (after tuning the mass to vanish). We also construct some diagrams which are very similar to 3-string vertices in string field theory for the first oscillator mode. Attaching 3 such lattice states to these vertices, we get Yang-Mills and F3 interactions up to 3-point as from bosonic string (field) theory. This gives another view of a gauge field as a bound state in a theory whose only fundamental fields are scalars.

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Article history: Received 9 July 2008 Accepted 30 July 2008 Available online 6 August 2008 Editor: L. Alvarez-Gaume

1. Introduction

It is known that, in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, Regge behavior relates the angular momenta and energies of bound states [1]. In relativistic quantum field theory, the high-energy behavior of a scattering amplitude, F(s, t) ~ P(s)ta(s) as t ^m and s < 0, is also dominated by Regge poles, with trajectories J = a(s). Here the Bethe-Salpeter equation [2] takes the place of the Schrodinger equation, which can only be solved in certain approximations, such as the ladder approximation or a perturbative Feynman diagram analysis.

Experimental data confirms the existence of families of particles along trajectories J = a(s) which are linear as from the Veneziano model or string (field) theory. However, in many approximations of conventional field theory the trajectories rise for a while and then fall back towards negative values of J for increasing energy. Thus, only a few bound states are produced, as characteristic of a Higgs phase; instead, linearity and an infinite number of bound states are expected to arise as a consequence of confinement, perhaps due to some infrared catastrophe. However, such a catastrophe is absent in the usual calculations, which are always made for massive or off-shell states precisely in order to avoid infrared divergences.

Originally, strings were introduced for hadrons and later identified as bound states of "partons". Unfortunately, a suitable hadronic string theory serving that purpose hasn't been constructed. This led to the reinterpretation of the known strings as fundamental strings describing gluons and quarks, leptons, gravitons, etc. The target space is 26D for the bosonic theory and 10D for the super theory, which means compactification is necessary.

* Corresponding author.

E-mail addresses: (H. Feng), (Y.-t. Huang), (W. Siegel).

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One nonperturbative approach to strings is quantization on a suitable random lattice representing the worldsheet [3]. It expresses the strings as bound states of underlying partons, and the lattices are identified with Feynman diagrams [4]. The two theories are "dual" to each other, and one is perturbative while the other is nonperturbative. The Feynman diagrams of the particles underlying this bosonic string were studied and linear Regge trajectories were reproduced in the ladder approximation [5]. This implies that the only fundamental fields are scalars and all others can be represented as composite fields. Here we will show an example how the gauge field can be constructed as a composite field of partons.

The outline of this Letter is: Section 2, a brief review of Reggy theory; Section 3, a review of the bosonic lattice string; Section 4, reproducing linear Regge trajectories in the ladder approximation; Section 5, introducing the new massless external state from the lattice; Section 6, constructing two simple 3-state interacting diagrams on the lattice, computing the 3-point interactions similar to the usual Yang-Mills field; Section 7, comparing the two 3-state vertices with Witten's vertex and the Caneschi-Schwimmer-Veneziano (CSV) vertex in string field theory; and Section 8, discussions.

2. Regge theory

As suggested by Regge, Regge poles might be relevant to the analysis of high-energy scattering. Many results about poles' locations and properties were obtained on the basis of analyticity assumptions, mostly in 03 theory [6]. A simpler consideration is to examine the high-energy behavior of scattering amplitudes directly by summing suitable sets of Feynman diagrams [7].

The two-particle elastic scattering amplitude A(s, t) for an appropriate set of Feynman diagrams (e.g., ladders) can be of the form:

A(s, t) =f d4ki n ~2~—2 d4kif Y\dpae-Pa (p2+m2)/2, (1)

J a pa +m J 0 a

where kj are independent loop momenta, ßa are Schwinger parameters to exponentiate the propagators and the Mandelstam variables are

s = -(qi + qi)2 = -(q3 + 94 )2,

t =-(qi - 93)

As we will see, the only difference between an ordinary field theory and lattice string theory is the integration over the parameters /)a. In the lattice string case reviewed in the next section, they are fixed at /)a = a'.

Integrating out Gaussian loop momenta,

A(s, t) ■

N (ß) [C (ß)]2


When t ^ro, it is dominated by the region near g(fi) = 0. So to make the coefficient of t vanish, one can set those /)'s to zero everywhere except in g(fi), which shortcircuits the diagram to eliminate the t dependence. Then the integration can be carried out to obtain the asymptotic behavior as t ^ 0. For ladder graphs, the ladder with n rungs has an expression of the form:

An(s, t) - g2-[g2K(s) ln t]

where K (s) is just a self-energy diagram evaluated from a bubble in 2 fewer dimensions. So the asymptotic behavior comes from the sum of ladder diagrams:

Y,An(s, t)/(n - 1)! = g2ta(s), a(s) = -1 + g2K(s),

which is the result associated with the

3. Bosonic lattice string review


The main difference between the lattice and continuum approaches to the string is that a lattice requires a scale, while conformai invariance of the continuum string includes scale invariance. To break the conformal invariance of the worldsheet, a term proportional to the area (the simplest scale-varianf and coordinate-invariant property of the worldsheet) with coefficient (cosmological constant) ¡i is added to the string action. Furthermore, to describe the string interaction, the string coupling constant, which is counted by the integral of the worldsheet curvature R, should be included. So totally, the action is

/ d2a ,_

5=f naa^-

—gm\(dmX ■ dnX) + | + (lnk)-R

On the random lattice, this action can be written as

= ^E2-xj)2+xH 1+lnME1 -E+E0, (7)

where j are vertices, (ij) the links (edges), and J the plaquets (faces, planar loops) of the lattice. The functional integration over the worldsheet metric in usual string theory is replaced by a sum over Feynman diagrams. The positions of vertices are integrated (except external vertices; alternatively, external states will be introduced to calculate the full amplitudes, as shown in later sections):

EfUdxe-51 =E e-^ i 7 d*n

-¿7 (xi-xj )2

Now, by identifying the lattice with a position-space Feynman diagram, we can find the underlying field theory as follows: Vertices of the lattice correspond to those of Feynman diagram and links to propagators; the 1/N expansion is associated with the faces of the worldsheet polyhedra with U (N) indices. Thus, the

area term (counting the number of vertices) in the lattice action (7) gives the coupling constant factor for each vertex in the field action, and the worldsheet curvature term gives the string coupling 1/N of the topological expansion [8]. Explicitly, the action of an n-point-interaction scalar-field action is

52 = N tr

G = e-X,

f dPXD/2(1-4>e-a^ - G1A, J (2nà')D/2\2Y Y nY ),

■ = k.

The interaction can be chosen arbitrarily; restrictions may come from consistency of the worldsheet continuum limit [9]. In this Letter, we will focus on the minimum coupled lattice, 03 theory, but the calculation for a interaction is pretty much the same.

4. Ladder graphs and Regge trajectories

In this section we review the ladder graphs responsible for a Regge trajectory a(s), and compare with those done in the early days of Regge theory. Since somewhat similar procedures will be used in following sections, we give details in this section.

Consider 4-point functions in the parton theory with Gaussian propagators and cubic interaction 03 with coupling constant X. The amplitude is evaluated by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation in the ladder approximation with two incoming particles of momenta qi and q2 and two outgoing particles of momenta q3 and q4, as depicted in Fig. 1.

The two-particle propagator A satisfies the Bethe-Salpeter equation in D dimensions

A = 1 + e-H A,

where e H sticks an extra rung on the sum of ladders (as in Fig. 1). Explicitly, it can be written as

e H = (rung propagator) x (two "side" propagators),

with integration over either loop momentum or positions of vertices. The propagator is given by

1 - e -

Here, we will replace integrals with operator expressions as in usual string theory. Thus, adding the two sides followed by adding the rung in (12) is performed by the operator

e-H = e-(X1-X2?/2e-(v\+vl)/2,

where the p's and x's are now the operators for the two particles. Separating p's and x's into average and relative coordinates

P1,2 = P ± P, X1,2 = -X ±-x,

(14) is then

-H _e-x2/2e-P2+p2 _ e-x2/2e-p2es/4

P2 = -i (qi + qi)2 = -1 (q3 + q4)2 = -s/4.

By a similarity transformation, we can put half of one exponential on each side,

e-H ^ es/4e-x2/4e-p2e-x2/4 or es/4e-p2/2e-x2/2e-p2/2. (17)

To write H as a manifestly Hermitian expression, we apply the Baker-Campbell-Haussdorf theorem to combine the exponentials into a single one. Because the exponents, 2x2, 2p2, satisfy the

Fig. 1. Ladder diagrams.

commutation relations of raising and lowering operators and the Baker-Campbell-Haussdorf theorem requires only commutators, we can use the representation

2x2 ^V 0 0

1 2 (0 0 2P ^ 1 0

i 1 fx>p0 -i So, in general,

-a p2/2 - x2/2 e-a p2/2

-(00) -(0P) -(00)

e a 0Je 00}e a 0}

1 0\/1 -p

-(0 a) = e b 0' =

1 + ap

-a (2 + ap) 1 + ap

^ sinh(Vab)(0 a\

=cosh^vab) —— 0 0J • (19)

Then, H in (17) becomes the Hamiltonian of a harmonic oscillator

H = -4 S -

1 , 2 i 1 2 1 1 A

-s - lnX2 + œ mœ-x2 +---p2

4 V 2 mœ2 J

1,7 œ T = --s - ln X2 + — D + œaT • a, 42

with X restored. If we work in coordinate space, as in the following sections

1 r- V3

a = j, P = 2 ^ & = ln(2 + V3), m& = —, (21)

we can find the Regge trajectory from the spectrum of this harmonic oscillator. The harmonic oscillators (a D-vector) can be interpreted as the oscillators in the usual string theory (but only one such vector) as follows: The positions of the two partons in the Bethe-Salpeter equation are two adjacent points on the random lattice, and the relative coordinate represents the first order derivative of x(a) corresponding to the first oscillator. (A similar model was considered in [10].)

Taking (D/2)& as the ground-state energy and integer excitation J as the (maximum) spin of the D oscillators (acting with J vector oscillators on the vacuum), the "energy" of the harmonic oscillator Hamiltonian m&22x2 + (1/m) 1 p2 can be identified as (J + D/2)&. Since the Bethe-Salpeter equation corresponds to per-turbatively solving a Schrodinger equation with free Hamiltonian 1, potential e-H and vanishing total energy e-H - 1 = 0, it gives H = 2n in,

2nin = -4s - ln(X2) + & ( J + 2^.

So we have the trajectory J = a(s) 1

a(s) = -- D + -2œ

s + ln(X2) + 2n in

The real part of (23) 1

a(s) = -- D + -2œ

s + ln( X2)

is linear with positive slope. The real pole gave us the asymptotic behavior, while complex poles do not affect the Regge trajectory, as

shown in [5]. We require the vertical intercept of this Regge trajectory, which is given by s = 0, to be J = 1, so the corresponding spin-one particle is massless. Thus a(0) = 1 gives

e-œ( D+2)X4 = 1.

(In the usual continuum approach, this constraint, as well as D = 26, are found perturbatively, but in the lattice approach they would be nonperturbative, so we impose them by hand.)

There are several ways to interpret the group theory of this state: (1) We can examine only color-singlet states (the partons are N by N matrices of U (N) color); then we should take the color trace of this vector, which would make it Abelian. (2) If we examine color-nonsinglets, the vector is in the adjoint representation, and so represents a Reggeized bound-state gauge field of color, and thus not a true string state. (3) If we introduce a second type of scalar parton which is in the fundamental representation of both color and a second, "flavor" symmetry, we can consider ladders where these scalar "quarks" run along the outside, giving an open string instead of a closed one [8]. Then the vector is the gauge field of this flavor symmetry. It is really only in this last case that string theory implies the state is massless.

5. External vertex operator for gauge field

Now we are ready to introduce the ground state and first excited state for the harmonic oscillator in ladders (20):

eik (xi +xJ)/210> and 6 • (xi - xj)eik(x +xj)/210>.

They are the very same as the vertex operators elk'X and 6 • dXelk'X in the bosonic string, except latticized.


x=xi - +aT x

where a, a1 are creation and annihilation operators of the harmonic oscillator in ladders, the first excitation can also be written as

—6 • a1"|0, k>, 2m&

|0, k> = eik(xi+xj)/210>.

As in usual string or string field theory, this first excited state should be a massless state and the propagator should have a mass-less pole. To check it, let us consider the amplitude for one incoming and one outgoing state with momenta k and k! respectively. In the ladder approximation as reviewed in the last section, we have to evaluate the amplitude depicted in Fig. 1:

A =--!- (0, k|(61 • a)A(62 • a1 )|0, kf>, (28)

with the definitions k = q1 + q2 and k' = q3 + q4. The calculation is pretty similar to the previous section. The two-particle propagator A = ^H satisfying the Bethe-Salpeter equation as in (11) and H is expressed by annihilation (creation) operators as in (20).

In such ladder approximations, the propagator should be written as a summation of all ladders

= T-T-H = E(e - H )n.

Thus, using the commutator [a^, aV ] = and integrating out X's, the amplitude in (28) is

2mœ 1

(0, k|6 ■ a) 1 H (62 ■ a1")|0, k7) 1 - e - H

61 ■ 62

t8 d (k + M ).

2mœ 1 - es/4X2e-^(1+D/2)

As given in (25), the real Regge trajectory a(0) = 1 gives eD+2) x X4 = 1. Then (30)

61 ■ 62

2mœ 1 - e-k2/4 21

5 D (k + M )

- - 61 • 62, k2 ^ 0 k2

has a massless pole.

This result can also be seen from the ladder integration if we rewrite (28) as

A (0, k|(61 ■ a)(e-H)n (62 ■ a^)|0, k7)

Here An is the amplitude for a single ladder with n loops (including external loops)

An = / (iV^i) (0,

, k|(61 ■ a)|X0,y 0)

x (e-Hi ) L i=1

(xn, yn |(62 ■ a)|0, M),

(0, k|(61 • a)|xo, y0) = 61 • (X0 - y0)e-™(x0-^o)2etk^,

(xn, yn|(62 • at)|0, k') =62 • (xn - yn)e-T(x"-y")2e*^, (35)

according to the definition of the ground state of the harmonic oscillator, and

Hi = (x-1, yi-11H |xf, yt)

= ln(X-2) + 4s + - (xt-1 - yt-1 )2 + 2 (xt-1 - xt)2

1 2 1 2 + 2 (yt-1 - yt)2 + 4 (xt - yt)2.

Doing the Gaussian integrals for xt's and yt's, (34) becomes

An = -

61 ■ 62 2mœ

[X2 e-k2 /4 e-œ(1+D/2) ]n 5 D (k + m ),

which gives the same massless pole as in (30).

This massless pole means the first excited state (26) is a mass-less state, and has the same propagator as the YM gauge field in Feynman gauge. We will discuss in the following sections how this generalizes to interactions.

6. The 3-string vertex

To get the 3-point gauge interaction in YM fields, we have to find a way to join three states. One analogue is Witten's open string field theory, in which stings interact by identifying the right half of each string with the left half of the next one. On the lattice we need to sum over an infinite number of diagrams representing this situation, each giving a result very similar to the 3-vector vertex in string field theory. Here we will give the 2 simplest examples to show that they give the same interaction as the usual YM field.

Fig. 2. The interaction lattice of order X0 with the vertex given by F.

Similarly to string field theory (SFT), the 3-state interaction can be written as

A30) = ((0|1 0 (012 0 (0|3)| v 1V2V3F|0). Using the definitions

X1 + X2 = X, X1 - X2 = x, y 1 + y 2 = Y, y 1 - y 2 = y, z1 + z2 = Z, z1 - z2 = z,

V1 = 61 ■ xeik ■ X/2, V3 = 63 ■ zeik■ Y/2

V2 = 62 yeik Y/2 and

are the external vertex operators for massless fields as considered in the previous section. In the operator formulation,

J-^ (a + a* ), y = 7-1- (b + b ), y 2mœ y 2mœ

=yfmi(c+c fx

where a(a^), b(bt), cC) are annihilation (creation) operators for three independent harmonic oscillators in the ladder approximation.

The simplest figure for the 3-string lattice vertex is shown in Fig. 2. Then the 3-state vertex can be constructed with annihilation (creation) operators of ladders after integrating out X, Y, Z

F = j dDXdDY dDZe - 2 (x1 -Z2 )2+(y1 -x2 )2+(Z1 - y2 )2 ]+ 2 (kv X+k2 • Y+k3 • Z)

= e -1 (x+y+z)2 - 6 (x ■ k23+y ■ k31 +Z ■ k12 )

where x, y, z can be expressed with annihilation (creation) operators a (a*), b(b), cC) and kjj = kj - kj.

Thus the amplitude in (38) can be evaluated using commutators of 3 annihilation (creation) operators and the Baker-Campbell-Haussdorf theorem. First we write

--(x + y + z)2 = -6 6 2mœ

[(at + bt + c t )2 + (a + b + c)2 + {a + b + c, at + bt + ct}]. (41)

It is noticed that the ingredients of exponents satisfy the commutation relations of raising and lowering operators of SU(1,1). We use the representation

-(a + b + c)2 ^ 6

0 1 0 0

La+b.+02 - (J ¡¡).

-1 {a + b + c, a. + b* + c.} 6

1 0 0 -1

to calculate the commutators when we apply the Baker-Campbell-Haussdorf theorem. Then

e-1 (x+y+z)2 = ^ m imbJ

( 0 0) _(p 0 ) _(0 a)

= e a 0je {0 -p;e l00j

1 0 a1

ep 0 0 e-p

1a 0 1

p a2ep

a2 ep + e

which gives i

1 + 2mœ

p = ln 1 +

+ 2mœ).

e-1 (x+y+z)2 |0) = ea6(aT+bT+cT)2e-p{a+b+c,aT+bT+cT}ea6(a+b+c)2 |0)

i , T. .T. -K? D q

3|0), (45)

: ea 6 (

for D-dimensional spacetime. Finally, using the Baker-Campbell-Haussdorf theorem again to write

-—r— (a+aT)-\<23 --7^=aT^23 -—^a-k23 2(.-—,-— )2k23 „

e 6y/2mâK 7 23 = e 6V2mœ 23 e 6V2mœ 23 e2 6V2mœ7 23, etc.,

we find the 3-state interaction for the above massless state as 1 \ 3/2

e-Dp<0|(€1 • a)(^2 • b)(€3 • c)

X e"¿-S[(a+°T) k23+(b+bT) k31+(c+cT) k12]ea6(aT+bT+cT)210)



■i[6 • 62)(63 • k12) + permutations]

(61 • k23)(€2 • k31)(€3 • k12 )

1 \3/2 D p 1 (

- J e-2pe2(

e- 2p e2

=)2 (k23+k21 +^2 )

2mœ )

l J p e - 4smœ(ki +k2+k3)

The result is the very same as the usual YM and F3 3-point interactions as obtained from bosonic open string field theory in Feynman-Siegel gauge, except for the different ratio between the coefficients of the F2 term and the F3 term. Also, (47) has nonlocal coupling factors k as in bosonic open string field theory.

Also, instead of using the operators of harmonic oscillators, direct Gaussian integration gives exactly same result as above for the diagram in Fig. 2. (38) can be written as

A™ =

j dDxdDydDz (0| V1V2 V3 |x, y, z>(x, y, z|F|0>. (49)

Substituting (35) into it and integrating out all x1, x2, y 1, y2, z1 and z2, we get the same 3-point vertex for gauge bosons as (47).

Another 3-string lattice vertex is shown in Fig. 3, which is order X4 in the lattice coupling. Then the 3-point amplitude is the same as in (38) with different 3-state vertex

Fig.3. The interaction lattice of order X4 with the vertex given by G.

G = j dDXdDYdDZdDt0 dDt 1 dDt2 dDt3

x e - 2 [(t1 -t0)2 + (t2 -t0)2 + (t3 -t0)2]

x e- 1 [(X1 -t1 )2 + (X2-t2)2 + (y1 -t2)2 +(y2-t3)2 + (Z1 -t3)2 + (Z2-t1 )2]

X e 2 (k1 • x+k2 Y+k3 • Z)

: e -1 (x2 + y2 +z2 )- 20 (x+y+z)2 - iy (x-k23+y ^31 +zkn ).

With the external massless state of Section 5, the 3-state interaction is

a31) = X4( (011 0 (012 0 (0fc) | V1V 2 V 3 G|0>.

In the operator formalism, the computation of A31) is a little trickier. Introduce three new variables through an orthogonal rotation:

xr = -^ (x + y + z), V3

y' = —= (x - y), V2

z/=-16 (x + y - 2z).

e-Î0 (x2 + y2 +z2)-^ (x+y +z)2 = e-4x!2 -10 (y'2 +z;2).

Also, 3 pairs of new annihilation (creation) operators

a' = 7— (a + b + c), a'T = = (aT + bT + cT), V3 V3

bf = 7- (a - b),

bfT = —=(aT - bT),

c' = —=(a + 5 - 2c), d 1 = (a1 + b1 - 2c1) (54)

are introduced, which are independent of each other because [a', b'1 ] = [a', c!1 ] = 0, etc, then

- 4 xf 2 e-\m>(aa 2 +a; 12+{a; ^1})

e 4* = e 4 2mœ 1 2 1 1

e -10 /2 = e -10 tLV 2+b/T2+{b/ T}), e -10 x; 2 = e - 10 2^(c/ 2+c; T2+{c/ ,cT}).

The ingredients of each exponent satisfy the commutation relations of raising and lowering operators for SU(1,1), We use the same representation as in (42):

it /a2 /0 1 2(a )2 ^ 0 0

-1 [a', aa T}

~(afT)2 ^

0 0 1 0

1 0 0 -1

and, with the same procedure, find

e-i x 2 = e-^2ms(a' 2+a' t2+{a',a' f}) = ea1 2 a' t2e-a25 [a1,a' f}ea1 ^a'2 . (57) Similarly,

e-10 y'2 = e-10 2ms b 2+b' t2+[b',b't}) = e^12b' t2e-fc 2 [b',b' V12b'2, (58)

e-T0 z2 _ e-2+c't2+(c',c't}) _

= e^1 2^ e «¡2

1 {c',c't}

c . (59)

Here a1, a2, 41, fi2 are defined as:

a1 _ «1 _

1 + 2(2m«) ' i

1 + 5(2m«),

a2 _ ln

«2 _ ln

1 + 1 +

2(2m«) 1

5 (2m«)

Obviously, annihilation operators a', b', c' also annihilate the vacuum |0) and

e-10 (X2+y2+z2)-2O(x+y+z)2 |0)

■l2j-i ÈL

_ ceia1 (a+b+c)2+i3(at2+bt2+ct2-at• bt-bt • ct-ct • at 10)

C _ e-^

-—2 D-&D-42D

Finally, using the Baker-Campbell-Haussdorf theorem directly, up to a constant,

^ _k4<0|V 1 v2V3G|0)

4 + 40m«

[(^1 • f2)(f3 • '<12) + permutations]

1 + 4m«

+ f •k.23)(e-2 • <31 )(^3 •ku

4e - 40 1+10m« (kl+k2+k2) .

The exponents of k2's in k' will vanish if it is on-shell but will make coupling factors nonlocal off-shell. Again, this result can be obtained by Gaussian integration directly, as in (49). We would not go through the details.

It is easy to notice that both vertices F in (40) and G in (50) give some gauge-fixed interactions for the massless state constructed from partons, as in Witten's bosonic open string field theory, which will be discussed in the next section. Their comparison will be interesting because it will give another view of string field theory, from the lattice.

7. Comparison to string field theory

In this section, we will compare the two 3-state vertices mentioned in the last section and the 3-state coupling from them with those in SFT. As we will notice, if all oscillator modes but the ze-roth and first are truncated, the structure of 3-state vertices F in (40) and G in (50) seem similar to the 3-string vertex from Wit-ten's interaction in SFT, except for different coefficients.

In above sections, the scale of the lattice was set to 1, which leads to the slope of the Regge trajectory 4—. So before comparing with string field theory, we have to restore the scale of the lattice to match the slope with the Regge slope from usual string theory (or string field theory).

We use the lattice actions (7), with the lattice scale a'. The calculations in previous sections are unchanged except for rescaling the momenta by

kt ^ \/0i'ki

and renormalizing the lattice coupling by

k ^ k.

Then the real

a(s) _--D + -2 «

trajectory is

- s + !n(k'2)

with the slope 4—. Setting it to be the same as the from string theory, which is a', we need the lattice scale

a' = 4—a'.

The intercept condition will be the same as (25) but replacing X by X'.

It is easy to see the propagator (28) for the gauge boson in the lattice string still has a massless pole. Also, the lattice rescaling did nothing to either 3-string vertex but change the scale of momenta and so change the ratio between coefficients of F2 terms and F3 terms in 3-point amplitudes.

In string field theory, the general 3-string interaction can be interpreted as

(h1[0A]h2[$b]hs[Vc]) = ((A11 ® (B|2 ® (C|a)| V123), (67)

where is the vertex operator for each external state and ht (z) is the conformal mapping from each string strip to the complex plane [11]. In Witten's theory, the strings couple by overlapping the right half of each string with the left half of the next [12]. Because there is only one oscillator mode in our ladder approximation for the lattice, here only the zeroth and first level oscillator modes will be considered in SFT aspect. After truncating oscillator modes and ignoring ghost contributions (there is no worldsheet gauge fixing on the lattice), the 3-string vertex in the oscillator approach is [13]:

|V 123 ) _NS D (k1 + <2 + <3) exp - -J2 [a-

— 1 . —

1, J _1

+ 2a-1 N-J10pJ + pIN0J0pJ]J 10) 1 ® |0)2 ® 10)3. (68)

The Neumann coefficients Nmjn depend on the choice of the confor-mal mappings. It was shown that the different conformal mappings correspond to different formulations of string field theory that are equivalent to each other. The most widely used open string field theory is Witten's theory. The action in Witten's open string field theory is

S _+2(VQ V) + 3(V3W,V)

in which the first part gives the free term and the second part gives the interactions. The Neumann coefficients read

N-11,-1 _ N-21,-1 _ N-31,-r

N-21,-1 _ N-31,-1 _ N-Y-r


N00 _ N20 _ N30 _ — ln(27/16)

and zero for others [14]. With the Feynman-Siegel gauge b0 = 0, for tachyon and massless states and up to 3-point interactions, we will get the gauge-fixed action from the gauge-invariant action

S _ 2[Vl

0] - 02 - F^v F¡v

+ 3 03 + 20 F ¡v F ¡v - 3 F V F k Fi,

N12 N13 N23 N21 N31

with a particular gauge as discussed in [15]. Here we focus on only the massless state and set

(№i | —(0, ki 11A(ki) • a1.

It gives the 3-point gauge interactions g

A3 — 3 ( V3 )

a ige-1 N00(k1+k2 +k2) j [(A 1 • A2)(A3 • k12) + permutations]

+ y (A1 • k23)(A2 • k31 )(A3 • ku)

after a' is restored.

From the previous section, in the oscillator approach, the 3-state vertices in (40) or (50) give the same form as (68) except for some different Neumann coefficients. For (40),

_ n22 — N3 -1 — N-1,-1 — N-1,-

3 1+ 2mœ

N23 N3 -1 — N-1,-1 — N-1,

3 1+ 2mœ

— -N

N 00 — N 00 — N 30 —

1,0 — N-31,0 — -N-1,0 — N

N32 — N-1,0 —


and zero for others. This gives a 3-point interaction for massless bosons as in (47) with the ratio of F3 and F2 coefficients

1 + 2mœ 1 + 2mœ

a-— a-œ

instead of the ratio a'/2 from Witten's vertex. For (50),

■ + ~ :

3 1 + 4mœ 3 1 + 10mœ

N -1,0 — -N -31 0 — N -310 — -N


1 + 4mœ 1 + 10mœ

_N 31 — _N 32

— N-1,0 — N-1,0 — ^ a 1 + 10mœ,

N00 — n 20 — N30 — 3 a

5 1 + 10 mœ

and zero for others. Again, the 3-point interaction for the massless state is the same as in (62) with a ratio of F3 and F2 coefficients of

1 + 4mœ 1 + 4mœ 2

a-œ — 4a-œ .

1 + 10mœ

1 +10 mœ

As Witten's theory in Feynman-Siegel gauge, both (40) and (50) give gauge-fixed 3-point interactions with nonlocal eTD factors. The mismatch of F2 and F3 coefficients may be due to the fact we only considered the two simplest interacting lattice diagrams. In principle, all interaction diagrams should be summed, which may give the same interaction as from usual string theory (on-shell) or Witten's string field theory (off-shell). But it does show that the massless state given in the beginning of Section 5 can have the same interactions as the usual YM field. So this will be an interesting start to view the YM gauge field as the bound state of an underlying scalar field instead of as a fundamental field.

Another similarity between vertices (40) or (50) and Witten's vertex is that they all have the same symmetries. First, there is a

Fig.4. The twist symmetry in Witten's vertex: I aTr(TaTbTc); II a-Tr(TcTbTa).

cyclic symmetry under I ^ J, J ^ K, K ^ I, which corresponds to cyclic symmetry of each interaction diagram. Second, there is a symmetry for Neumann coefficients under I ^ J, m ^ n. Finally, there is a twist symmetry under NInjn = (-1)m+nNjlln associated with twisting of the lattices (strings). It is nontrivial and restricts the group structure of the gauge-fixed action. For the case here, we only consider the first excited state > in (75), which is a twist-odd state under the twist operator Q: Q> = -|^>. Then the twist invariance requires the gauge-fixed interaction to be proportional to the structure constants fabc because

Q(^1 * ^3> = ((Q^1), (Q&3) * (Q^2)) = -<^1 * ^2> (87)

as shown in Fig 4. There, diagram I gives the term a Tr(TaTbTc) while diagram II gives the term a - Tr(TcTbTa) and their sum gives an interaction term a fabc. Because the gauge-invariant YM action can always be written as a function of structure constants, the gauge condition in this case should also be expressed in terms of fabc, which excludes the Gervais-Neveu gauge. These symmetries apply not only to massless states but also to general states (but with the usual extra sign factors in the twist). Obviously, both Figs. 2 and 3 are similar to the diagram of joining three open strings in Witten's theory except they are on a discrete lattice while Witten's vertex is on a continuous worldsheet.

Another 3-string vertex in SFT we will mention here is the CSV vertex, which is equivalent to Witten's vertex on-shell. Here we only review the coefficients for zero-modes and first excited modes:

N-1,-1 — N -21,-1 — N -31,-1 — a

12 23 31

N-i,0 — N - 0 — N.

— V2Ô7,

N 2-1,0 — N -21,0 — N -31,0 — 0

and all n00 vanish. Comparing to the above vertices, the CSV vertex lacks twist symmetry. So, as has been shown previously, it corresponds to the well-known Gervais-Neveu gauge without nonlocal coupling factors.

8. Discussions

In this Letter, we started from the bosonic lattice string, and constructed the massless state as a bound state of partons, and two simple lattice interaction diagrams. Using such interaction diagrams, we found interactions of those bound states similar to the usual YM gauge field. The comparison of these 3-state vertices on the lattice with Witten's vertex on the continuous worldsheet shows all of them have the same symmetries, especially twist symmetry, which is absent in the CSV vertex. The twist symmetry restricted the gauge-fixed interaction to be proportional to the structure constants of the gauge group, or equivalently, the interaction term of the gauge condition must be proportional to the

structure constants. That is the reason the Gervais-Neveu gauge can only be obtained from the CSV vertex. Anyway, we show here the possibility to bind the scalars on the lattice to get the mass-less vector state which behaves like the gauge field, i.e., the gauge field is no longer a fundamental particle but a composite state in the field theory. This also provided a new view of the 3-string coupling in Witten's bosonic open string field theory.


This work is supported in part by National Science Foundation Grant No. PHY-0354776.


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