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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 473206, 56 pages
Review Article

Magnetic Catalysis of Chiral Symmetry Breaking: A Holographic Prospective

1School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland
2Institute for Theoretical Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Wiedner Hauptstr. 8-10, 1040 Vienna, Austria
3Department of Physics, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Received 29 April 2010; Accepted 16 June 2010

Academic Editor: Carlos Nunez

Copyright © 2010 Veselin Filev and Radoslav Rashkov. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We review a recent investigation of the effect of magnetic catalysis of mass generation in holographic Yang-Mills theories. We aim at a self-contained and pedagogical form of the review. We provide a brief field theory background and review the basics of holographic flavordynamics. The main part of the paper investigates the influence of external magnetic field to holographic gauge theories dual to the D3/D5- and D3/D7-brane intersections. Among the observed phenomena are the spontaneous breaking of a global internal symmetry, Zeeman splitting of the energy levels, and the existence of pseudo, Goldstone modes. An analytic derivation of the Gell-Mann-Oaks-Renner relation for the D3/D7 set up is reviewed. In the D3/D5 case, the pseudo-Goldstone modes satisfy nonrelativistic dispersion relation. The studies reviewed confirm the universal nature of the magnetic catalysis of mass generation.