Wednesday, June 19, 2013

1306.3992 (S. M. Kravec et al.)

A gauge theory generalization of the fermion-doubling theorem    [PDF]

S. M. Kravec, John McGreevy
It is possible to characterize certain states of matter by properties of their edge states. This implies a notion of `surface-only models': models which can only be regularized at the edge of a higher-dimensional system. After incorporating the fermion-doubling results of Nielsen and Ninomiya into this framework, we employ this idea to identify new obstructions to symmetry-preserving regulators of quantum field theory. We focus on an example which forbids regulated models of Maxwell theory with manifest electromagnetic duality symmetry.
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