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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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THE JACOBIAN IN PATH INTEGRALS AND QUANTUM ANOMALIES

THE JACOBIAN IN PATH INTEGRALS AND QUANTUM ANOMALIES

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(p.65) 5 THE JACOBIAN IN PATH INTEGRALS AND QUANTUM ANOMALIES
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Path Integrals and Quantum Anomalies
Author(s):

Kazuo Fujikawa

Hiroshi Suzuki

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529132.003.0005

This chapter gives a general path integral formulation of the quantum anomaly for chiral symmetry. The quantum anomaly is identified as the Jacobian arising from the symmetry transformation of path integral variables. The correct Ward-Takahashi identities with an anomalous term are thus defined from the beginning. To realize this idea, it is essential to have a suitable regulator which controls divergences by preserving as much symmetry as possible. In the path integral formulation, the gauge invariant mode cut-off is shown to be useful. As topics related to quantum anomalies, a brief account of instanton solutions and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem is given. As applications of these notions, it is explained that the (naive) unitary transformation to the interaction picture does not exist. When the relevant symmetry is spoiled by the quantum anomaly and instanton effects, the Nambu-Goldstone particles associated with spontaneous symmetry breaking is generally absent.

Keywords:   chiral symmetry, symmetry transformation, Ward-Takahashi identity, gauge invariant mode cut-off, instanton, Atiyah-Singer index theorem, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Nambu-Goldstone particle

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