The Mickelsson-Faddeev extension is a 3-space analogue of a Kac-Moody group, where the central charge is replaced by a space of functions of the gauge potential. This extension is a pullback of a universal extension, where the gauge potentials are replaced by operators in a Schatten ideal, as in non-commutative differential geometry. Our main result is that the universal extension cannot be faithfully represented by unitary operators on a separable Hilbert space. We also examine potential consequences of the existence of unitary representations for the Mickelsson-Faddeev extension.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics