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  Orbifold actions and twist operators

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A twist operator $\sigma$ is the operator that acts on the untwisted vacuum $|0\rangle$ to create a twisted vacuum $\sigma|0\rangle$. States belonging to the twisted sector of an orbifold are built on such twisted vacua (which are also in 1-1 correspondence with the fixed points of the orbifold action).

My question is given a specific twist operator $\sigma$, how can I possibly deduce the orbifold action that corresponds to it?

More specifically, let
the operator that arises after bosonizing two real fermions. If the boundary conditions for the fermions are known, let's say $\psi^1\rightarrow \psi^1$ and $\psi^2\rightarrow -\psi^2$ then we have some information on $\sigma$. We should be able to interpret this $\sigma$ as the twist operator that generates a twisted sector of some orbifold, but what would the orbifold action in this case be?

asked Jan 6, 2016 in Theoretical Physics by Heterotic (525 points) [ no revision ]

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