Title page for ETD etd-07032008-100238

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Grigoryan, Hovhannes Roman
Author's Email Address hgrigo1@jlab.org
URN etd-07032008-100238
Title Nonperturbative Dynamics of Strong Interactions from Gauge/Gravity Duality
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Physics & Astronomy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jerry Draayer Committee Chair
Edward Zganjar Committee Member
Lai-Him Chan Committee Member
Thomas Kutter Committee Member
William Metcalf Committee Member
Oliver Dasbach Dean's Representative
  • nonperturbative
  • qcd
  • form factor
  • meson
  • pion
  • chern-simons
  • ads/qcd model
  • anomaly
  • holographic
  • duality
  • ads
  • extra dimensions
Date of Defense 2008-07-02
Availability unrestricted
This thesis studies important dynamical observables of strong interactions such as form factors. It is known that Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is a theory which describes strong interactions. For large energies, one can apply perturbative techniques to solve some of the QCD problems. However, for low energies QCD enters into the nonperturbative regime, where different analytical or numerical tools have to be applied to solve problems of strong interactions. The holographic dual model of QCD is such an analytical tool that allows one to solve some nonperturbative QCD problems by translating them into a dual five-dimensional theory defined on some warped Anti de Sitter (AdS) background.

Working within the framework of the holographic dual model of QCD, we develop a formalism to calculate form factors and wave functions of vector mesons and pions. As a result, we provide predictions of the electric radius, the magnetic and quadrupole moments which can be directly verified in lattice calculations or even experimentally. To find the anomalous pion form factor, we propose an extension of the holographic model by including the Chern-Simons term required to reproduce the chiral anomaly of QCD. This allows us to find the slope of the form factor with one real and one slightly off-shell photon which appeared to be close to the experimental findings. We also analyze the limit of large virtualities (when the photon is largely off-shell) and establish that predictions of the holographic model analytically coincide with those of perturbative QCD with asymptotic pion distribution amplitude. We also study the effects of higher dimensional terms in the AdS/QCD model and show that these terms improve the holographic description towards a more realistic scenario. We show this by calculating corrections to the vector meson form factors and corrections to the observables such as electric radii, magnetic and quadrupole moments.

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