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Quantum mechanics of superparticle with 1/4 supersymmetry breaking

  • Bellucci, S.
  • Galajinsky, A.
  • Ivanov, E.
  • Krivonos, S.
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Publication Date
Dec 10, 2001
Submission Date
Dec 10, 2001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.65.104023
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We study quantum mechanics of a massive superparticle in d=4 which preserves 1/4 of the target space supersymmetry with eight supercharges, and so corresponds to the partial breaking N=8 down to N=2. Its worldline action contains a Wess-Zumino term, explicitly breaks d=4 Lorentz symmetry and exhibits one complex fermionic kappa-symmetry. We perform the Hamiltonian analysis of the model and quantize it in two different ways, with gauge-fixed kappa-symmetry and in the Gupta-Bleuler formalism. Both approaches give rise to the same supermultiplet structure of the space of states. It contains three irreducible N=2 multiplets with the total number of (4+4) complex on-shell components. These states prove to be in one-to-one correspondence with the de Rham complex of p-forms on a three-dimensional subspace of the target x-manifold. We analyze the vacuum structure of the model and find that the non-trivial vacua are given by the exact harmonic one- and two-forms. Despite the explicit breaking of the d=4 Lorentz symmetry in the fermionic sector, the d=4 mass-shell condition is still valid in the model.

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