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Supersymmetric SYK Models

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Harvard University Department of Physics, Cambridge United States

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We discuss a supersymmetric generalization of the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model. These are quantum mechanical models involving N Majorana fermions. The supercharge is given by a polynomial expression in terms of the Majorana fermions with random coefficients. The Hamiltonian is the square of the supercharge. The N 1 model with a single supercharge has unbroken supersymmetry at large N, but non-perturbatively spontaneously broken supersymmetry in the exact theory. We analyze the model by looking at the large N equation, and also by performing numerical computations for small values of N. We also compute the large N spectrum of singlet operators, where we find a structure qualitatively similar to the ordinary SYK model. We also discuss an N 2 version. In this case, the model preserves supersymmetry in the exact theory and we can compute a suitably weighted Witten index to count the number of ground states, which agrees with the large N computation of the entropy. In both cases, we discuss the supersymmetric generalizations of the Schwarzian action which give the dominant effects at low energies.

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  • Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics
  • Theoretical Mathematics

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