The algebraic structure of BRST quantization

Mark J. Bowick, Feza Gürsey

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It is shown that a system of first-class bosonic constraints obeying a Lie algebra has associated with it a natural superalgebra. BRST quantization arises as a non-linear representation of this superalgebra. Two distinct superalgebras are explicitly constructed and their associated BRST quantizations presented. The first BRST quantization is the canonical one with the BRST charge a grassmannian scalar. The second is new - the BRST charge is a grassmannian spinor transforming in the fundamental representation of the appropriate superalgebra. Generalizations are briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-186
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 31 1986
Externally publishedYes

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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