Critical boundary sine-Gordon revisited

M. Hasselfield, Taejin Lee, G. W. Semenoff, P. C.E. Stamp

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Abstract

We revisit the exact solution of the two space-time dimensional quantum field theory of a free massless boson with a periodic boundary interaction and self-dual period. We analyze the model by using a mapping to free fermions with a boundary mass term originally suggested in Ref. [J. Polchinski, L. Thorlacius, Phys. Rev. D 50 (1994) 622]. We find that the entire SL (2, C) family of boundary states of a single boson are boundary sine-Gordon states and we derive a simple explicit expression for the boundary state in fermion variables and as a function of sine-Gordon coupling constants. We use this expression to compute the partition function. We observe that the solution of the model has a strong-weak coupling generalization of T-duality. We then examine a class of recently discovered conformal boundary states for compact bosons with radii which are rational numbers times the self-dual radius. These have simple expression in fermion variables. We postulate sine-Gordon-like field theories with discrete gauge symmetries for which they are the appropriate boundary states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2849-2875
Number of pages27
JournalAnnals of Physics
Volume321
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Hasselfield, M., Lee, T., Semenoff, G. W., & Stamp, P. C. E. (2006). Critical boundary sine-Gordon revisited. Annals of Physics, 321(12), 2849-2875. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aop.2006.02.006