Effective action of N = 4 super Yang-Mills: N = 2 superspace approach

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Using the N=2 off-shell formulation in harmonic superspace for N=4 super Yang–Mills theory, we present a representation of the one-loop effective action which is free of so-called coinciding harmonic singularities and admits a straightforward evaluation of low-energy quantum corrections in the framework of an N=2 superfield heat kernel technique. We illustrate our approach by computing the low-energy effective action on the Coulomb branch of SU(2) N=4 super Yang–Mills. Our work provides the first derivation of the low-energy action of N=4 super Yang–Mills theory directly in N=2 superspace without any reduction to N=1 superfields and for a generic background N=2 Yang–Mills multiplet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-146
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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