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Chiral gauged WZNW models and heterotic string backgrounds

Sfetsos, K and Tseytlin, AA (1993) Chiral gauged WZNW models and heterotic string backgrounds Nucl.Phys.B, 415. pp. 116-154.

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We construct new heterotic string backgrounds which are analogous to superstring solutions corresponding to coset models but are not simply the `embeddings'of the latter. They are described by the (1,0) supersymmetric extension of the $G/H$ chiral gauged WZNW models. The `chiral gauged' WZNW action differs from the standard gauged WZNW action by the absence of the $A\bar A$-term (and thus is not gauge invariant in the usual sense) but can still be expressed as a combination of WZNW actions and is conformal invariant. We explain a close relation between gauged and chiral gauged WZNW models and prove that in the case of the abelian $H$ the $G/H$ chiral gauged theory is equivalent to a particular $(G\times H)/H$ gauged WZNW theory. In contrast to the gauged WZNW model, the chiral gauged one admits a (1,0) supersymmetric extension which is consistent at the quantum level. Integrating out the $2d$ gauge field we determine the exact (in $\alpha'$) form of the couplings of the corresponding heterotic sigma model. While in the bosonic (superstring) cases all the fields depend (do not depend) non-trivially on $\alpha'$ here the metric receives only one $O(\alpha')$ correction while the antisymmetric tensor and the dilaton remain semiclassical. As a simplest example, we discuss the basic $D=3$ solution which is the heterotic string counterpart of the `black string' $SL(2,R) \times R/ R $ background.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Tseytlin, AA
Date : 5 August 1993
DOI : 10.1016/0550-3213(94)90069-8
Uncontrolled Keywords : hep-th, hep-th
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:27
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 22:16

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