TY - JOUR

T1 - Supersymmetric sigma models and the heterotic string

AU - Hull, C. M.

AU - Witten, E.

N1 - Funding Information:
x Supported by the SERC. 2 Supported in part by NSF Grant PHY80-19754.

PY - 1985/10/17

Y1 - 1985/10/17

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

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U2 - 10.1016/0370-2693(85)90008-5

DO - 10.1016/0370-2693(85)90008-5

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0000258485

SN - 0370-2693

VL - 160

SP - 398

EP - 402

JO - Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics

JF - Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics

IS - 6

ER -