Relaxed super self-duality and N = 4 SYM at two loops

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A closed-form expression is obtained for a holomorphic sector of the two-loop low-energy effective action for the N = 4 super Yang-Mills theory on its Coulomb branch where the gauge group SU (is spontaneously broken to SU (N - 1) × U (1) and the dynamics is described by a single Abelian N = 2 vector multiplet. In the framework of the background-field method, this holomorphic sector is singled out by computing the effective action for a background N = 2 vector multiplet satisfying a relaxed super self-duality condition. At the two-loop level, the N = 4 SYM effective action is shown to possess no F4 term (with F the U (1) field strength), in accordance with the Dine-Seiberg non-renormalization conjecture hep-th/9705057 and its generalized form given in hep-th/0310025. An unexpected outcome of our calculation is that no (manifestly supersymmetric invariant generating) F6 quantum correction occurs at two loops. This is in conflict with previous results. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Kuzenko, S. M., & McArthur, I. N. (2004). Relaxed super self-duality and N = 4 SYM at two loops. Nuclear Physics B, 697(1–2), 89–132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2004.07.026

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