Heterotic T-Duality and the Renormalization Group

Research paper by Kasper Olsen, Ricardo Schiappa

Indexed on: 12 May '98Published on: 12 May '98Published in: High Energy Physics - Theory


We consider target space duality transformations for heterotic sigma models and strings away from renormalization group fixed points. By imposing certain consistency requirements between the T-duality symmetry and renormalization group flows, the one loop gauge beta function is uniquely determined, without any diagram calculations. Classical T-duality symmetry is a valid quantum symmetry of the heterotic sigma model, severely constraining its renormalization flows at this one loop order. The issue of heterotic anomalies and their cancelation is addressed from this duality constraining viewpoint.