On gauging finite subgroups

Yuji Tachikawa
2020 SciPost Physics  
We study in general spacetime dimension the symmetry of the theory obtained by gauging a non-anomalous finite normal Abelian subgroup AA of a \GammaΓ-symmetric theory. Depending on how anomalous \GammaΓ is, we find that the symmetry of the gauged theory can be i) a direct product of G=\Gamma/AG=Γ/A and a higher-form symmetry \hat AÂ with a mixed anomaly, where \hat AÂ is the Pontryagin dual of AA; ii) an extension of the ordinary symmetry group GG by the higher-form symmetry \hat AÂ; iii) or
more » ... y \hat AÂ; iii) or even more esoteric types of symmetries which are no longer groups. We also discuss the relations to the effect called the H^3(G,\hat A)H3(G,Â) symmetry localization obstruction in the condensed-matter theory and to some of the constructions in the works of Kapustin-Thorngren and Wang-Wen-Witten.
doi:10.21468/scipostphys.8.1.015 fatcat:4q55yxji25ftxdnxq53glyo23m