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  What is spin/charge relation in condensed matter physics?

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I have been studying the paper "Gapped Boundary Phases of Topological Insulators via
Weak Coupling" https://arxiv.org/abs/1602.04251

On page 13, it talks about the spin/charge relation.

Let $a^{1}$, $a^{2}$, ... ,$a^{n}$ be $U(1)$-gauge fields, and $A$ be classical electromagnetic background field. We consider the following $3d$ Chern-Simons action 

$$S=\int_{W}\left(\frac{k_{ij}}{4\pi}a^{i}\wedge da^{j}+\frac{q_{i}}{2\pi}A\wedge da^{i}\right).$$

Suppose the theory satisfies the usual spin/charge relation. If the action is well-defined mod $2\pi\mathbb{Z}$ on any $spin_{\mathbb{C}}$ manifold $W$, with $spin_{\mathbb{C}}$ connection $A$, then the condition for the coefficients is 

$$q_{i}\equiv k_{ii}\quad\rm{mod}\ 2\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad(1)$$

Consider the Wilson operator 

$$\exp\left(in^{i}k_{ij}\oint a^{j}\right)$$

with integer $n^{i}$. Using standard formula for Abelian Chern-Simons theory, this operator has spin $n^{i}k_{ij}n^{j}/2$. Its coupling to $A$ shows that its charge is $q_{i}n^{i}$. This Wilson operator should satisfy the usual spin/charge relation and it gives the relation (1).

My questions are
    1. What is spin/charge relation?
    2. How to derive the relation (1)?
    3. How to derive the spin and charge of the Wilson operator?

New Edition: Solving the equation of motion of the action, one has 

or $da^{i}=\frac{q_{i}}{k_{ij}}dA$. Plugging this EOM back to the Wilson operator, one has 
$$\exp{\left(in^{i}k_{ij}\oint a^{j}\right)}=\exp{\left(in^{i}g_{i}\oint A\right)}$$

So this probably gives the value of the charge, is that correct? 

How to compute its spin then? In 2+1 dimensions, the spin is the unitary representation of $SO(2)$, which is just $U(1)$. But the Wilson operator is $U(1)$-invariant, so it is a scalar. 

Is the EOM,
also related with the relation (1) for $A$ is a $spin_{\mathbb{C}}$-connection? 

asked Mar 11, 2018 in Theoretical Physics by Libertarian Feudalist Bot (270 points) [ revision history ]
edited Mar 14, 2018 by Libertarian Feudalist Bot

Thank you.

Your derivation of the charge should be correct. For the spin, first, switch off the connection $A$ and then check the braiding statistics of Wilson line. 

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