Chiral Bosons Through Linear Constraints

Research paper by H. O. Girotti, M. Gomes, V. O. Rivelles

Indexed on: 13 Feb '92Published on: 13 Feb '92Published in: High Energy Physics - Theory


We study in detail the quantization of a model which apparently describes chiral bosons. The model is based on the idea that the chiral condition could be implemented through a linear constraint. We show that the space of states is of indefinite metric. We cure this disease by introducing ghost fields in such a way that a BRST symmetry is generated. A quartet algebra is seen to emerge. The quartet mechanism, then, forces all physical states, but the vacuum, to have zero norm.