We discuss several aspects of superconformal field theories in four dimensions (CFT4), in the context of electric-magnetic duality, We analyse the behaviour of anomalous currents under RG flow to a conformal fixed point in N = 1, D = 4 supersymmetric gauge theories. We prove that the anomalous dimension of the Konishi current is related to the slope of the beta function at the critical point. We extend the duality map to the (nonchiral) Konishi current. As a byproduct we compute the slope of the beta function in the strong coupling regime. We note that the OPE of T-mu v with itself does not close, but mixes with a special additional operator Sigma which in general is the Konishi current. We discuss the implications of this fact in generic interacting conformal theories. In particular, a SCFT4 seems to be naturally equipped with a privileged off-critical deformation Sigma and this allows us to argue that electric-magnetic duality can be extended to a neighbourhood of the critical point We also stress that in SCFT4 there are two central charges, c and c', associated with the stress tensor and Sigma, respectively; c and c' allow us to count both the vector multiplet and the matter multiplet effective degrees of freedom of the theory. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science B.V.

A critical behaviour of anomalous currents, electric-magnetic universality and CFT4

ANSELMI, DAMIANO;
1997

Abstract

We discuss several aspects of superconformal field theories in four dimensions (CFT4), in the context of electric-magnetic duality, We analyse the behaviour of anomalous currents under RG flow to a conformal fixed point in N = 1, D = 4 supersymmetric gauge theories. We prove that the anomalous dimension of the Konishi current is related to the slope of the beta function at the critical point. We extend the duality map to the (nonchiral) Konishi current. As a byproduct we compute the slope of the beta function in the strong coupling regime. We note that the OPE of T-mu v with itself does not close, but mixes with a special additional operator Sigma which in general is the Konishi current. We discuss the implications of this fact in generic interacting conformal theories. In particular, a SCFT4 seems to be naturally equipped with a privileged off-critical deformation Sigma and this allows us to argue that electric-magnetic duality can be extended to a neighbourhood of the critical point We also stress that in SCFT4 there are two central charges, c and c', associated with the stress tensor and Sigma, respectively; c and c' allow us to count both the vector multiplet and the matter multiplet effective degrees of freedom of the theory. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science B.V.
Anselmi, Damiano; Grisaru, M; Johansen, A.
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