Supersymmetric sigma models and the heterotic string

C. M. Hull, E. Witten

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We define the (1 + 1)-dimensional supersymmetry algebra of type (p, q) to be that generated by p right-handed Majorana-Weyl supercharges and q left-handed ones. We construct the non-linear sigma models with supersymmetry of type (1,0) and (2,0) and discuss their geometry and their relevance to compactifications of the heterotic superstring. The sigma-model anomalies can be cancelled by a mechanism closely related to that used by Green and Schwarz to cancel gravitational and Yang-Mills anomalies for the superstring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-402
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 17 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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