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Supersymmetric Casimir energy and the anomaly polynomial

Bobev, Nikolay; Bullimore, Mathew; Kim, Hee-Cheol

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Nikolay Bobev

Hee-Cheol Kim


We conjecture that for superconformal field theories in even dimensions, the supersymmetric Casimir energy on a space with topology S 1 × S D−1 is equal to an equivariant integral of the anomaly polynomial. The equivariant integration is defined with respect to the Cartan subalgebra of the global symmetry algebra that commutes with a given supercharge. We test our proposal extensively by computing the supersymmetric Casimir energy for large classes of superconformal field theories, with and without known Lagrangian descriptions, in two, four and six dimensions.


Bobev, N., Bullimore, M., & Kim, H. (2015). Supersymmetric Casimir energy and the anomaly polynomial. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2015(09), Article 142.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 15, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 22, 2015
Publication Date Sep 22, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 7, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 8, 2018
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Print ISSN 1126-6708
Publisher Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2015
Issue 09
Article Number 142


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