Evaluating fermion determinants through the chiral anomaly

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Abstract

A class of fermion operators whose determinants can be calculated exactly has recently been noted. We observe that typically such operators can be chirally rotated into the free Dirac operator; hence, their determinants are given by the chiral anomaly. Four-dimensional fermion determinants of this type are computed; the appearance of the Wess-Zumino anomaly term is noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-77
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Physics
Volume158
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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