Volume 84, Number 3, November 2008
Article Number 31001
Number of page(s) 6
Section The Physics of Elementary Particles and Fields
Published online 17 October 2008
EPL, 84 (2008) 31001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/84/31001

(Anti-)dual-BRST symmetries: Abelian 2-form gauge theory

R. P. Malik

Centre of Advanced Studies, Physics Department, Banaras Hindu University - Varanasi-221 005, (U. P.), India

received 8 July 2008; accepted in final form 17 September 2008; published November 2008
published online 17 October 2008

We derive the absolutely anticommuting (anti-)dual-BRST symmetry transformations for the appropriate Lagrangian densities of the (3 + 1)-dimensional (4D) free Abelian 2-form gauge theory, under which, the total gauge-fixing term remains invariant. These symmetry transformations are the analogue of the co-exterior derivative of differential geometry, in the same sense, as the absolutely anticommuting (anti-)BRST symmetry transformations are that of the exterior derivative. A bosonic symmetry transformation is shown to be the analogue of the Laplacian operator. The algebraic structures of these symmetry transformations are derived and they are demonstrated to be the reminiscent of the algebra obeyed by the de Rham cohomological operators of differential geometry.

11.15.-q - Gauge field theories.
03.70.+k - Theory of quantized fields.

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