Wednesday, July 10, 2013

1307.2234 (Gokce Basar et al.)

Chiral and Gravitational Anomalies on Fermi Surfaces    [PDF]

Gokce Basar, Dmitri E. Kharzeev, Ismail Zahed
A Fermi surface threaded by a Berry phase can be described by the Wess-Zumino-Witten (WZW) term. After gauging, it produces a five-dimensional Chern-Simons term in the action. We show how this Chern-Simons term captures the essence of the Abelian, non-Abelian, and mixed gravitational anomalies in describing both in- and off-equilibrium phenomena. In particular we derive a novel contribution to the Chiral Vortical Effect that arises when a temperature gradient is present. We also discuss the issue of universality of the anomalous currents.
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