Harold Steinacker

Non-commutative scalar field theory and random matrices

Non-commutative Euclidean scalar field theory is shown to have an eigenvalue sector which is dominated by a well-defined eigenvalue density, and can be described by a matrix model. This allows to study the renormalization of the effective potential using matrix model techniques, and is closely related to UV/IR mixing. In particular we find a phase transition for the \phi^4 model at strong coupling, to a phase which is identified with the striped or matrix phase. In 4 dimensions, a critical line is found which terminates at a non-trivial point, with nonzero critical coupling. This provides evidence for a non-trivial fixed-point for the 4-dimensional NC \phi^4 model.