Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 109, Issue 4, pp 525–536 | Cite as

Elliptic genera and quantum field theory

  • Edward Witten
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Abstract

It is shown that in elliptic cohomology — as recently formulated in the mathematical literature — the supercharge of the supersymmetric nonlinear signa model plays a role similar to the role of the Dirac operator inK-theory. This leads to several insights concerning both elliptic cohomology and string theory. Some of the relevant calculations have been done previously by Schellekens and Warner in a different context.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Witten
    • 1
  1. 1.Joseph Henry LaboratoriesPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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