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#### Anomalies, Conformal Manifolds, and Spheres

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Gomis, J., Komargodski, Z., Hsin, P.-S., Schwimmer, A., Seiberg, N., & Theisen, S. (2016).
Anomalies, Conformal Manifolds, and Spheres.* Journal of high energy physics: JHEP,* *2016*(03): 022. doi:10.1007/JHEP03(2016)022.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-0D2C-6

##### Abstract

The two-point function of exactly marginal operators leads to a universal
contribution to the trace anomaly in even dimensions. We study aspects of this
trace anomaly, emphasizing its interpretation as a sigma model, whose target
space M is the space of conformal field theories (a.k.a. the conformal
manifold). When the underlying quantum field theory is supersymmetric, this
sigma model has to be appropriately supersymmetrized. As examples, we consider
in some detail N=(2,2) and N=(0,2) supersymmetric theories in d=2 and N=2
supersymmetric theories in d=4. This reasoning leads to new information about
the conformal manifolds of these theories, for example, we show that the
manifold is Kahler-Hodge and we further argue that it has vanishing Kahler
class. For N=(2,2) theories in d=2 and N=2 theories in d=4 we also show that
the relation between the sphere partition function and the Kahler potential of
M follows immediately from the appropriate sigma models that we construct.
Along the way we find several examples of potential trace anomalies that obey
the Wess-Zumino consistency conditions, but can be ruled out by a more detailed
analysis.