TY - UNPB

T1 - Field Theory Equivalences as Spans of L∞-algebras

AU - Farahani, Mehran Jalali

AU - Saemann, Christian

AU - Wolf, Martin

N1 - 43 pages

PY - 2023/5/9

Y1 - 2023/5/9

N2 - Semi-classically equivalent field theories are related by a quasi-isomorphism between their underlying L∞-algebras, but such a quasi-isomorphism is not necessarily a homotopy transfer. We demonstrate that all quasi-isomorphisms can be lifted to spans of L∞-algebras in which the quasi-isomorphic L∞-algebras are obtained from a correspondence L∞-algebra by a homotopy transfer. Our construction is very useful: homotopy transfer is computationally tractable, and physically, it amounts to integrating out fields in a Feynman diagram expansion. Spans of L∞-algebras appear naturally in many contexts within physics. As examples, we first consider scalar field theory with interaction vertices blown up in different ways. We then show that (non-Abelian) T-duality can be seen as a span of L∞-algebras, and we provide full details in the case of the principal chiral model. We also present the relevant span of L∞-algebras for the Penrose-Ward transform in the context of self-dual Yang-Mills theory and Bogomolny monopoles.

AB - Semi-classically equivalent field theories are related by a quasi-isomorphism between their underlying L∞-algebras, but such a quasi-isomorphism is not necessarily a homotopy transfer. We demonstrate that all quasi-isomorphisms can be lifted to spans of L∞-algebras in which the quasi-isomorphic L∞-algebras are obtained from a correspondence L∞-algebra by a homotopy transfer. Our construction is very useful: homotopy transfer is computationally tractable, and physically, it amounts to integrating out fields in a Feynman diagram expansion. Spans of L∞-algebras appear naturally in many contexts within physics. As examples, we first consider scalar field theory with interaction vertices blown up in different ways. We then show that (non-Abelian) T-duality can be seen as a span of L∞-algebras, and we provide full details in the case of the principal chiral model. We also present the relevant span of L∞-algebras for the Penrose-Ward transform in the context of self-dual Yang-Mills theory and Bogomolny monopoles.

KW - hep-th

KW - math-ph

KW - math.MP

U2 - 10.48550/arXiv.2305.05473

DO - 10.48550/arXiv.2305.05473

M3 - Preprint

BT - Field Theory Equivalences as Spans of L∞-algebras

ER -