Supersymmetry algebras that include topological charges

E. Witten, D. Olive

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We show that in supersymmetric theories with solitons, the usual supersymmetry algebra is not valid; the algebra is modified to include the topological quantum numbers as central charges. Using the corrected algebra, we are able to show that in certain four dimensional gauge theories, there are no quantum corrections to the classical mass spectrum. These are theories for which Bogomolny has derived a classical bound; the argument involves showing that Bogomolny's bound is valid quantum mechanically and that it is saturated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 11 1978
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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