### Abstract

We construct a lattice action for N ≤ 4 super Yang-Mills theory in four dimensions which is local, gauge invariant, free of spectrum doubling and possesses a single exact supersymmetry. Our construction starts from the observation that the fermions of the continuum theory can be mapped into the component fields of a single real anticommuting Kähler-Dirac field. The original supersymmetry algebra then implies the existence of a nilpotent scalar supercharge Q and a corresponding set of bosonic superpartners. Using this field content we write down a Q-exact action and show that, with an appropriate change of variables, it reduces to a well-known twist of N ≤ 4 super Yang-Mills theory due to Marcus. Using the discretization prescription developed earlier we are able to translate this geometrical action to the lattice.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 601-617 |

Number of pages | 17 |

Journal | Journal of High Energy Physics |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jun 1 2005 |

### Keywords

- Extended Supersymmetry
- Lattice Gauge Field Theories
- Topological Field Theories

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Nuclear and High Energy Physics