Twisted supersymmetric sigma model on the lattice

Simon Catterall, Sofiane Ghadab

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In this paper we conduct a numerical study of the supersymmetric O(3) non-linear sigma model. The lattice formulation we employ was derived in [1] and corresponds to a discretization of a twisted form of the continuum action. The twisting process exposes a nilpotent supercharge Q and allows the action to be rewritten in Q-exact form. These properties may be maintained on the lattice. We show how to deform the theory by the addition of potential terms which preserve the supersymmetry. A Wilson mass operator may be introduced in this way with a minimal breaking of supersymmetry. We additionally show how to rewrite the theory in the language of Kähler-Dirac fields and explain why this avenue does not provide a good route to discretization. Our numerical results provide strong evidence for a restoration of full supersymmetry in the continuum limit without fine tuning. We also observe a non-vanishing chiral condensate as expected from continuum instanton calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006


  • Extended Supersymmetry
  • Lattice Gauge Field Theories
  • Lattice Quantum Field Theory
  • Sigma Models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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