Exact hypermultiplet dynamics in four dimensions

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We use N = 2 harmonic and projective superspaces to formulate the most general 'Ansatz' for the SU(2)R-invariant hypermultiplet low-energy effective action (LEEA) in four dimensions, which describes the two-parametric family of the hyper-Kähler metrics generalizing the Atiyah-Hitchin metric. We then demonstrate in the very explicit and manifestly N = 2 supersymmetric way that the (magnetically charged, massive) single hypermultiplet LEEA in the underlying non-abelian N = 2 supersymmetric quantum field theory can receive both perturbative (e.g., in the Coulomb branch) and non-perturbative (e.g., in the Higgs branch) quantum corrections. The manifestly N= 2 supersymmetric Feynman rules in harmonic superspace can be used to calculate the perturbative corrections described by the Taub-NUT metric. The non-perturbative corrections (due to instantons and anti-instantons) can be encoded in terms of an elliptic curve, which is very reminiscent to the Seiberg-Witten theory. Our four-dimensional results agree with the three-dimensional Seiberg-Witten theory and instanton calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-144
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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