Minimal unitary representation of SU(2,2) and its deformations as massless conformal fields and their supersymmetric extensions

Sudarshan Fernando, Murat Günaydin

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Abstract

We study the minimal unitary representation (minrep) of SO(4,2) over a Hilbert space of functions of three variables, obtained by quantizing its quasiconformal action on a five dimensional space. The minrep of SO(4,2), which coincides with the minrep of SU(2,2) similarly constructed, corresponds to a massless conformal scalar in four space-time dimensions. There exists a one-parameter family of deformations of the minrep of SU(2,2). For positive (negative) integer values of the deformation parameter ζ, one obtains positive energy unitary irreducible representations corresponding to massless conformal fields transforming in (0,ζ/2)((-ζ/2,0)) representation of the SL(2,C) subgroup. We construct the supersymmetric extensions of the minrep of SU(2,2) and its deformations to those of SU(2,2{pipe}N). The minimal unitary supermultiplet of SU(2,2{pipe}4), in the undeformed case, simply corresponds to the massless N=4 Yang-Mills supermultiplet in four dimensions. For each given nonzero integer value of ζ, one obtains a unique supermultiplet of massless conformal fields of higher spin. For SU(2,2{pipe}4), these supermultiplets are simply the doubleton supermultiplets studied in the work of Gunaydin et al. [Nucl. Phys. B534, 96 (1998); e-print arXiv:hep-th/9806042].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number082301
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Volume51
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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