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  On a paper by Gorsky and Nekrasov

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In http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9304047 on 2D quantum Yang-Mills theory Gorsky and Nekrasov write after (3.4) on p.16: ''coadjoint orbits ob such a type have functional moduli spaces [...]''. What is meant by this sentence, and why is it relevant in the context oft the paper?

asked Dec 29, 2016 in Theoretical Physics by Arnold Neumaier (15,787 points) [ revision history ]
edited Dec 31, 2016 by 40227

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If $G$ is a compact Lie group, the moduli space of orbits of the coadjoint action of $G$ on $\mathfrak{g}^{*}$ (the dual of the Lie algebra) is given by $\mathfrak{h} / W$ where $\frak{h}$ is a Cartan subalgebra of $\mathfrak{g}$ and $W$ is the Weyl group (for $SU(N)$, it is simply saying that up to conjugation by $SU(N)$, an antihermitian matrix is characterized by its eigenvalues up to permutation).

Gorsky and Nekasov consider an infinite dimensional version of this story, replacing $G$ by the loop group of $G$, i.e. the group of maps from the circle to $G$. The moduli space of the orbits becomes the space of maps from the circle to $\mathfrak{h}/W$.

answered Jan 2, 2017 by 40227 (5,140 points) [ no revision ]
Thanks. And what about my final question?

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