Remarks on Phase Transitions in Matrix Models and N = 1 Supersymmetric Gauge Theory

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A hermitian one-matrix model with an even quartic potential exhibits a third-order phase transition when the cuts of the matrix model curve coalesce. We use the known solutions of this matrix model to compute effective superpotentials of an N = 1, SU(N) supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory coupled to an adjoint superfield, following the techniques developed by… (More)

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