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Path Integrals and Quantum Anomalies$
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Kazuo Fujikawa and Hiroshi Suzuki

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198529132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529132.001.0001

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Path Integrals and Quantum Anomalies

Kazuo Fujikawa

Hiroshi Suzuki

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers a possible intuitive explanation of quantum breaking of symmetries as well as the subjects which are not discussed in the main chapters, such as the descent formula for gauge anomalies and the global SU(2) anomaly. The book has concentrated on the rather classical and basic aspects of quantum anomalies, which can be explicitly calculated by an elementary method in the path integral. Advanced subjects such as the anomaly cancellation in superstring theory and supersymmetric theory in general are not discussed in detail, but several references to these subjects are given.

Keywords:   quantum breaking, descent formula, global SU(2) anomaly, path integral, anomaly cancellation, superstring theory, supersymmetric theory

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