- Free fermion resolution of supergroup WZNW models
- The Journal of High Energy Physics
- Volume | Issue number
- 07 | 09
- Pages (from-to)
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI)
Abstract. Extending our earlier work on PSL(2|2), we explain how to reduce the solution of WZNW models on general type I supergroups to those defined on the bosonic subgroup. The new analysis covers in particular the supergroups GL(M|N) along with several close relatives such as PSL(N|N), certain Poincaré supergroups and the series OSP(2|2N). The technical foundation for this remarkable progress is a special Feigin-Fuchs type representation which allows to keep the bosonic symmetry manifest instead of reducing it to free fields. In preparation for the field theory analysis, we shall exploit a minisuperspace analogue of the resulting free fermion construction to deduce the spectrum of the Laplacian on type I supergroups. The latter is shown to be non-diagonalizable. After lifting these results to the full WZNW model, we address various issues of the field theory, including its modular invariance and the computation of correlation functions. In agreement with previous findings, supergroup WZNW models allow to study chiral and non-chiral aspects of logarithmic conformal field theory within a geometric framework. We shall briefly indicate how insights from WZNW models carry over to non-geometric examples, such as e.g. the Script W(p) triplet models.
Key words: Space-Time Symmetries; Conformal and W Symmetry; Conformal Field Models in String Theory; Superspaces
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