nLab Poisson-Lie T-duality




What has come to be called nonabelian T-duality (de la Ossa-Quevedo 1992) or Poisson-Lie T-Duality (due to Klimcik-Ševera 1995, von Unge 02) is a generalization of T-duality from fiber bundles equipped with an abelian group of isometries (torus bundles) to those with a nonabelian group of isometries.

Poisson-Lie T-duality may also be made manifest at the level of type II supergravity in the framework of double field theory on group manifolds. Using this framework both the NS/NS sector and the R/R sector are captured, and this allows to derive the transformation of the RR fields for full Poisson-Lie T-duality (Hassler 17).

As a partial duality of string theory

While ordinary abelian T-duality is supposedly a full duality in string theory, in particular in that it is an equivalence on the string perturbation series to all orders of the squared string length/Regge slope α\alpha' and the string coupling constant g sg_s, it was early on shown by Giveon & Roček 1993 that there are topological obstructions at higher genus for non-abelian T-duality, letting it break down in higher orders of g sg_s; and already a genus-0 (tree level) it breaks down for the open string (i.e. on punctured disks) at some order of α\alpha'.

But see Hassler 20, Borsato-Wulff 20.


The original articles:


  • I. Petr, From Buscher Duality to Poisson‐Lie T‐Plurality on Supermanifolds, AIP Conference Proceedings 1307, 119 (2010) (doi:10.1063/1.3527407)

  • Konstadinos Sfetsos, Recent developments in non-Abelian T-duality in string theory, Fortschr. Phys., Special Issue: Proceedings of the “Schools and Workshops on Elementary Particle Physics and Gravity” (CORFU 2010), 29 August – 12 September 2010, Corfu (Greece) Volume59, Issue11‐12 (arXiv:1105.0537)

Relation to T-folds:

Discussion of the duality at the level of type II supergravity equations of motion is (using Riemannian geometry of Courant algebroids) due to

and in relation to double field theory:

Discussion within a broader picture of dual higher gauge theories, including 4d electric-magnetic duality:

Discussion of non-abelian T-duality from a comprehensive picture of higher differential geometry, relating Kaluza-Klein compactification on principal ∞-bundles to double field theory, T-folds, type II geometry, exceptional geometry, etc.:

See also

  • Benjo Fraser, Dimitrios Manolopoulos, Konstantinos Sfetsos, Non-Abelian T-duality and Modular Invariance (arXiv:1805.03657)

  • Francesco Bascone, Franco Pezzella, Patrizia Vitale, Poisson-Lie T-Duality of WZW Model via Current Algebra Deformation (arXiv:2004.12858)

  • Falk Hassler, Thomas B. Rochais O(D,D)O(D,D)-covariant two-loop β-functions and Poisson-Lie T-duality (arXiv:2011.15130)

Discussion in cosmology:

  • Ladislav Hlavatý, Ivo Petr, Poisson-Lie plurals of Bianchi cosmologies and Generalized Supergravity Equations (arxiv:1910.08436)

Generalization to U-duality in exceptional generalized geometry:

In the context of the BMN matrix model:

Discussion of α\alpha'-corrections:

Application to AdS-CFT duality:

  • Ali Eghbali, Reza Naderi, Adel Rezaei-Aghdam, Non-Abelian T-duality of AdSd≤3 families by Poisson-Lie T-duality (arXiv:2111.07700)

See also:

  • Alex S. Arvanitakis, Chris D. A. Blair, Daniel C. Thompson, A QP perspective on topology change in Poisson-Lie T-duality (arXiv:2110.08179)

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