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Field Theories for type-II fractons
by Weslei B. Fontana, Pedro R. S. Gomes, Claudio Chamon
|As Contributors:||Weslei Fontana|
|Arxiv Link:||https://arxiv.org/abs/2103.02713v3 (pdf)|
|Date submitted:||2021-10-19 14:30|
|Submitted by:||Fontana, Weslei|
|Submitted to:||SciPost Physics|
We derive an effective field theory for a type-II fracton starting from the Haah code on the lattice. The effective topological theory is not given exclusively in terms of an action; it must be supplemented with a condition that selects physical states. Without the constraint, the action only describes a type-I fracton. The constraint emerges from a condition that cube operators multiply to the identity, and it cannot be consistently implemented in the continuum theory at the operator level, but only in a weaker form, in terms of matrix elements of physical states. Informed by these studies and starting from the opposite end, i.e., the continuum, we discuss a Chern-Simons-like theory that does not need a constraint or projector, and yet has no mobile excitations. Whether this continuum theory admits a lattice counterpart remains unanswered.
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Anonymous Report 1 on 2021-11-7 (Invited Report)
I appreciate the changes the authors have made. I think it is ready for publication in SciPost.