Superconformal sum rules and the spectral density flow of the composite dilaton (ADD) multiplet in N =1 theories

Claudio Corianò, Antonio Costantini, Luigi Delle Rose, Mirko Serino

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We discuss the signature of the anomalous breaking of the superconformal symmetry in N = 1 super Yang Mills theory, mediated by the Ferrara-Zumino hypercurrent (J) with two vector (V) supercurrents (JVV) and its manifestation in the anomaly action, in the form of anomaly poles. This allows to investigate in a unified way both conformal and chiral anomalies. The analysis is performed in parallel to the Standard Model, for comparison. We investigate, in particular, massive deformations of the N = 1 theory and the spectral densities of the anomaly form factors which are extracted from the components of this correlator. In this extended framework it is shown that all the anomaly form factors are characterized by spectral densities which flow with the mass deformation. In particular, the continuum contributions from the two-particle cuts of the intermediate states turn into poles in the zero mass limit, with a single sum rule satisfied by each component. Non anomalous form factors, instead, in the same anomalous correlators, are characterized by non-integrable spectral densities. These tend to uniform distributions as one moves towards the conformal point, with a clear dual behaviour. As in a previous analysis of the dilaton pole of the Standard Model, also in this case the poles can be interpreted as signaling the exchange of a composite dilaton/axion/dilatino (ADD) multiplet in the effective Lagrangian. The pole-like behaviour of the anomaly form factors is shown to be a global feature of the correlators, present at all energy scales, due to the sum rules. A similar behaviour is shown to be present in the Konishi current, which identifies additional composite states. We conclude that global anomalous currents characterized by a single flow in the perturbative picture always predict the existence of composite interpolating fields. In case of gauging of these currents, as in superconformal theories coupled to gravity, we show that the cancellation of the corresponding anomalies requires either a vanishing β function or the inclusion of an extra gravitational sector which effectively sets the residue at the anomaly poles of the gauged currents to vanish.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Anomalies in Field and String Theories
  • Supersymmetric Effective Theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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