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Why is the mission impossible? Decoupling the mirror Ginsparg-Wilson fermions in the lattice models for two-dimensional abelian chiral gauge theories

April 13, 2022 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm


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Abstract: It has been known that the four-dimensional abelian chiral gauge theories of an anomaly-free set of Wely fermions can be formulated on the lattice preserving the exact gauge invariance and the required locality property in the framework of the Ginsparg- Wilson relation. This holds true in two dimensions. However, in the related formulation including the mirror Ginsparg-Wilson fermions, it has been argued that the mirror fermions do not decouple: in the 3450 model with Dirac- and Majorana-Yukawa couplings to XY-spin field, the two- point vertex function of the (external) gauge field in the mirror sector shows a singular non-local behavior in the so-called ParaMagnetic Strong-coupling(PMS) phase.

We re-examine why the attempt seems a “Mission: Impossible” in the 3450 model. We point out that the effective operators to break the fermion number symmetries (’t Hooft operators plus others) in the mirror sector do not have sufficiently strong couplings even in the limit of large Majorana-Yukawa couplings. We also observe that the type of Majorana-Yukawa term considered there is singular in the large limit due to the nature of the chiral projection of the Ginsparg-Wilson fermions, but a slight modification without such singularity is allowed by virtue of the very nature.

We then consider a simpler four-flavor axial gauge model, the 14(-1)4 model, in which the U(1)A gauge and Spin(6)( SU(4)) global symmetries prohibit the bilinear terms, but allow the quartic terms to break all the other continuous mirror-fermion symmetries. This model in the weak gauge-coupling limit is related to the eight-flavor Majorana Chain with a reduced SO(6)xSO(2) symmetry in Euclidean path-integral formulation. We formulate the model so that it is well-behaved and simplified in the strong-coupling limit of the quartic operators. Through Monte-Carlo simulations in the weak gauge-coupling limit, we show a numerical evidence that the two-point vertex function of the gauge field in the mirror sector shows a regular local behavior.

Finally, by gauging a U(1) subgroup of the U(1)A× Spin(6)(SU(4)) of the previous model, we formulate the 21(−1)3 chiral gauge model and argue that the induced effective action in the mirror sector satisfies the required locality property. This gives us “A New Hope” for the mission to be accomplished.


April 13, 2022
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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