Relations among supersymmetric lattice gauge theories via orbifolding

Poul H. Damgaard, So Matsuura

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We show how to derive Catterall's supersymmetric lattice gauge theories directly from the general principle of orbifolding followed by a variant of the usual deconstruction. These theories are forced to be complexified due to a clash between charge assignments under U(1)-symmetries and lattice assignments in terms of scalar, vector and tensor components for the fermions. Other prescriptions for how to discretize the theory follow automatically by orbifolding and deconstruction. We find that Catterall's complexified model for the two-dimensional N = (2,2) theory has two independent preserved supersymmetries. We comment on consistent truncations to lattice theories without this complexification and with the correct continuum limit. The construction of lattice theories this way is general, and can be used to derive new supersymmetric lattice theories through the orbifolding procedure. As an example, we apply the prescription to topologically twisted four-dimensional N = 2 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. We show that a consistent truncation is closely related to the lattice formulation previously given by Sugino.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Extended supersymmetry
  • Lattice gauge field theories
  • Lattice quantum field theory
  • Matrix models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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