S7 and S7hat
Journal article, 1993

We investigate the seven-sphere as a group-like manifold and its extension to a Kac-Moody-like algebra. Covariance properties and tensorial composition of spinors under S^7 are defined. The relation to Malcev algebras is established. The consequences for octonionic projective spaces are examined. Current algebras are formulated and their anomalies are derived, and shown to be unique (even regarding numerical coefficients) up to redefinitions of the currents. Nilpotency of the BRST operator is consistent with one particular expression in the class of (field-dependent) anomalies. A Sugawara construction is given.


Martin Cederwall

Chalmers, Department of Theoretical Physics and Mechanics, Mathematical Physics

Christian Preitschopf

Chalmers, Department of Theoretical Physics and Mechanics

Commun.Math.Phys.167 (1995) 373

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