Massive torsion modes, chiral gravity and the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly

Lay Nam Chang, Chopin Soo

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Regularization of quantum field theories introduces a mass scale which breaks axial rotational and scaling invariances. We demonstrate from first principles that axial torsion and torsion trace modes have non-transverse vacuum polarization tensors, and become massive as a result. The underlying reasons are similar to those responsible for the Adler-Bell-Jackiw (ABJ) and scaling anomalies. Since these are the only torsion components that can couple minimally to spin-1/2 particles, the anomalous generation of masses for these modes, naturally of the order of the regulator scale, may help to explain why torsion and its associated effects, including CPT violation in chiral gravity, have so far escaped detection. As a simpler manifestation of the reasons underpinning the ABJ anomaly than triangle diagrams, the vacuum polarization demonstration is also pedagogically useful. In addition, it is shown that the teleparallel limit of a Weyl fermion theory coupled only to the left-handed spin connection leads to a counter term which is the Samuel-Jacobson-Smolin action of chiral gravity in four dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1379-1387
Number of pages9
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr 7

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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