Questions tagged [wess-zumino-witten]

May use for both 4d phenomenological theories of flavor chiral anomalies, and 2d CFTs involving affine Lie Algebras. Wess–Zumino–Witten (WZW) models describe σ-models with flavor-chiral anomalies, of topological significance. Such terms trivialize the torsional curvature of the respective manifolds, leading to infrared fixed points of the RG.

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Is there a character ring for quantum groups?

It is a well known fact that for any (reasonable) group $G$, the character ring and the representation ring are isomorphic, $$ \chi_{R_1}(g)\chi_{R_2}(g)=\chi_{R_1\otimes R_2}(g),\qquad g\in G $$ Is ...
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Magnetic moment coupled to fermions, second term in expansion

Consider action in (0+1)D, magnetic moment coupled to fermions: $S=\int_{0}^{\beta}d\tau\overline{\psi}(\partial_{\tau}+\xi+\gamma n \cdot \sigma)\psi$ Here, $\psi$ is fermion and $n$ is magnetic ...
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Term violating diff invariance for Wess-Zumino action in higher loops while maintaining conformal symmetry

Conventional quantization for 2-D requires either maintaining diff invariance and sacrificing conformal invariance outlined in the paper:(https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.06771v2) Diffeomorphisms demand ...
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CFTs that are not modular invariant

Are there any 2d CFTs that do not have modular invariant partition functions? All the examples that I know of, like the free boson, WZW models, etc. have modular invariant partition functions.
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2d CFT and WZW model

I have been using Lorenz Eberhardt's 2019 ESI lecture notes on WZW model. Below Equation 3.5 on Page 8, it is written that the current algebra, which forms a Kac-Moody Algebra, is the main organizing ...
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Conformal dimension of conserved current and Current Algebra in CFT

In the 2019 ESI lecture notes on WZW model, right before equation (3.1) Lorenz Eberhardt claims that any conserved current of a CFT has conformal weight (1,0) or (0,1). Can someone please explain why ...
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String theory in ${\rm AdS}_3$ and the ${\rm SL}{(2,\mathbb{R})}$ WZW model on the worldsheet

The WZW model on the sphere $S^2$ with group $G$ and level $k$ is described by the action for a $G$-valued field $g : S^2\to G$ (see these notes by Lorenz Eberhardt): $$S[g]=\dfrac{1}{4\lambda^2}\int_{...
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What is the difference between topological theta term and Wess-Zumino-Witten term?

It seems that they both proportional to some thing like $\vec{n}\cdot \partial_{\tau}\vec{n}\, \times\,\partial_{s}\vec{n}$. References: Fradkin, Quantum field theory: an integrated approach
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Deformations of CFTs

Do you know of any textbooks/lecture notes that treat marginal and or relevant deformations of CFT's / WZW-models?
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Determinant of differential operator as exponential of Wess-Zumino-Witten action

I am currently reading this paper (Mass Gap and Confinement in (2+1)-Dimensional Yang-Mills Theory, Dimitra Karabali) and between equations (6) and (7) the following identity is used: \begin{equation*}...
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Finding OPE from conformal Ward identity WZW model

I'm working through section 15.1.3. of Di Francesco's CFT textbook. I don't understand the steps going between (15.42) and (15.43). They say to substitute $\delta_\omega J = \sum_{b,c} i f_{abc} \...
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RG flow of 4d Nonlinear Sigma model with $SU(n)$ target space

Let's consider the 4d Nonlinear Sigma model with $SU(n)$ target space, without a topological term. The Lagrangian is $$\frac{f^2}{16}\mathrm{Tr}(\partial_{\mu}U^{-1} \partial^{\mu}U)$$ where $U$ is a $...
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Symmetry generating commutator in Witten's treatment of WZW model

In 'Non-abelian Bosonization in Two Dimensions', Witten writes down the commutation relations between currents and fields of the WZW model in equation (33): \begin{equation} \bigg[\frac{1}{2\pi}\bigg(\...
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Why does Witten not include higher order quantum corrections when quantizing Poisson brackets in the WZW model?

In 'Non-abelian Bosonization in Two Dimensions', Witten argues that the Poisson brackets of the currents that generate the $G\times G$ symmetry of the WZW model give rise to a Kac-Moody algebra upon ...
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WZW model - affine Kac-Moody current algebra from Quantum Group exchange algebra

In `Hidden Quantum Groups Inside Kac-Moody Algebra', by Alekseev, Faddeev, and Semenov-Tian-Shansky, a relationship between quantum groups and affine Kac-Moody algebras is shown for the WZW model. ...
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Conformal dimension of conserved current of WZW model

The holomorphic part of the conserved current of a Wess-Zumino-Witten model is given by $ J = - k \partial g g ^ { - 1 } $, where $ g $ is a map from $ S^ 2 $ to some Lie group. It is claimed that ...
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$F$-symbols for compact Lie groups

Moore and Seiberg (1989) prove that rational CFTs are classified by the braiding matrices $$ B\begin{bmatrix}j_1&j_2\\i&k \end{bmatrix}\colon \bigoplus_p V_{j_1p}^i\otimes V_{j_2k}^p\to V_{...
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Spin of skyrmion

Baryons can be considered as solitions in Skyrme model(See also this post.): Such Lagrangian haven't any information about number of colors. Bosonic or fermionic nature of baryons depends on number ...
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$SU(2)$ and $SO(3)$ WZW models

It seems that the $SU(2)_1$ and $SO(3)_1$ Wess-Zumino-Witten models are quite different despite the Lie algebras being identical. The $SO(3)_1$ model has central charge 3/2 and is equivalent to 3 ...
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Do large $N$ free fermion or WZW theories have a holographic dual in $AdS_3/CFT_2$?

I was wondering if for $N$ free Dirac fermions (or equivalently by bosonization, $N$ free bosons or an $SU(N)_1$ WZW theory plus an extra boson) have a holographic dual description via $AdS_3/CFT_2$? ...
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Is there an explicit mapping between N free bosonic fields and the $SU(N)_1$ WZW model + free boson?

Witten's nonabelian bosonization tells us that $N$ free Dirac fields can by written in terms of an $SU(N)_1$ WZW model and one free boson. But bosonization also tells us that we could just as well ...
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Integrability condition of perturbations of Wess-Zumino-Witten (WZW) models

When one tries to analyze the renormalization group of marginal perturbations of Wess-Zumino-Witten (WZW) model in 1+1d, only those "integrable perturbations" can be computed analytically. I wonder ...
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Renormalization of the Wess Zumino Witten term

I was learning about the Wess-Zumino-Witten model and I encountered the the following 2-dimensional Lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{4\lambda^2} \text{Tr}(\partial_\mu g ~\partial^{\mu} g^{-1}) + ...
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Factor of $1/2$ in the Sugawara construction

I'm trying to reproduce the Sugawara construction calculation using this reference (page 14). The normal-ordering of two local operators is defined as $$ N(XY)(w)=\frac{1}{2\pi i} \oint_w \frac{dx}{...
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Kac-Moody algebra from WZW model via Poisson brackets

In 'Non-abelian Bosonization in Two Dimensions', Witten shows that the Poisson brackets of the currents that generate the $G\times G$ symmetry of the WZW model give rise to a Kac-Moody algebra upon ...
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Lattice model realization of $SU(2)$ WZW model at level $k$?

Is there any lattice model realization of the following model: $c=1$ boson at the self-dual radius, or the $SU(2)$ WZW model at $k=1$. This is a question inspired by: Orbifolds of the $c =1$ ...
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Braiding matrix from CFT first principles

Various CFT models are known to produce representations of braid groups. A famous example is the $SU(2)$ WZW model at level $k$, for which the braiding matrix for the case of two fundamental irreps ...
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Physical meaning of the WZW action and Lagrangian

What is the (super)-WZW term physical meaning? I mean, what is the physical importance of the Wess-Zumino-Witten action/Lagrangian in superstrings/M-theory and or field theory (not stringy if ...
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When are we required to use the Wess-Zumino term?

I was recently reading about non-Abelian bosonization, and I had a question concerning the Wess-Zumino term. In particular, I have been reading this short introduction by Ivan Karmazin, which states ...
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Computing OPEs of primary fields

I'm trying to compute the OPEs of two specific primary fields in a WZW model. The issue is that I can't apply the state-field correspondence since these fields don't belong to the vacuum module (so I ...
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Is there any qualitative difference between the WZW $SO(2)_1$ and the WZW $SU(2)_1$ CFT?

Consider the anisotropic spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ Heisenberg chain $$H = \sum_{n=1}^N S^x_n S^x_{n+1}+S^y_n S^y_{n+1} + \Delta S^z_n S^z_{n+1}$$ which for $\Delta = 0$ realizes the Wess-Zumino-Witten (WZW) $...
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Extended SUSY from the kappa-symmetry WZW terms

In José de Azcárraga, Jerome Gauntlett, J.M. Izquierdo, Paul Townsend, Topological Extensions of the Supersymmetry Algebra for Extended Objects, Phys.Rev.Lett. 63 (1989) 2443 (spire) it was ...
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