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The hidden fluxes, that control the fluctuations of scalar fields

Stam Nicolis


The fluctuations of scalar fields, that are invariant under rotations of the worldvolume, in Euclidian signature, can be described by a system of Langevin equations. These equations can be understood as defining a change of variables in the functional integral for the noise, with which the physical degrees of freedom are in equilibrium. The absolute value of the Jacobian of this change of variables therefore repackages the fluctuations. This provides a new way of relating the number and properties of scalar fields with the consistent and complete description of their fluctuations and is another way of understanding the relevance of supersymmetry, which, in this way, determines the minimal number of real scalar fields (e.g. two in two dimensions, four in three dimensions and eight in four dimensions), in order for the system to be consistently closed. The classical action of the scalar fields, obtained in this way, contains a surface term and a remainder, in addition to the canonical kinetic and potential terms. The surface term describes possible flux contributions in the presence of boundaries, while the remainder describes additional interactions, that can't be absorbed in a redefinition of the canonical terms. It is, however, through its combination with the surface term that the noise fields can be recovered, in all cases. However their identities can be subject to anomalies. What is of particular, practical, interest is the identification of the noise fields, as functions of the scalars, whose correlation functions are Gaussian. This implies new identities, between the scalars, that can be probed in real, or computer, experiments.

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hal-03281341 , version 1 (08-07-2021)



Stam Nicolis. The hidden fluxes, that control the fluctuations of scalar fields. 38th Conference on Recent Developments in High Energy Physics and Cosmology of the Hellenic Society for the Study of High Energy Physics, Jun 2021, Thessaloniki, Greece. ⟨hal-03281341⟩
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