Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Volume 13 (2009)

Number 1

Notes on certain other (0,2) correlation functions

Pages: 33 – 70



Eric Sharpe


In this paper, we shall describe some correlation function computations in perturbative heterotic strings that generalize B model computations. On the (2,2) locus, correlation functions in the B model receive no quantum corrections, but off the (2,2) locus, that can change. Classically, the (0,2) analogue of the B model is equivalent to the previously discussed (0,2) analogue of the A model, but with the gauge bundle dualized - our generalization of the A model also simultaneously generalizes the B model. The A and B analogues sometimes have different regularizations, however, which distinguish them quantum-mechanically. We discuss how properties of the (2,2) B model, such as the lack of quantum corrections, are realized in (0,2) A model language. In an appendix, we also extensively discuss how the Calabi-Yau condition for the closed string B model (uncoupled to topological gravity) can be weakened slightly, a detail which does not seem to have been covered in the literature previously. That weakening also manifests in the description of the (2,2) B model as a (0,2) A model.

Published 1 January 2009