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Title: Non-geometric fluxes, quasi-Hopf twist deformations, and nonassociative quantum mechanics

We analyse the symmetries underlying nonassociative deformations of geometry in non-geometric R-flux compactifications which arise via T-duality from closed strings with constant geometric fluxes. Starting from the non-abelian Lie algebra of translations and Bopp shifts in phase space, together with a suitable cochain twist, we construct the quasi-Hopf algebra of symmetries that deforms the algebra of functions and the exterior differential calculus in the phase space description of nonassociative R-space. In this setting, nonassociativity is characterised by the associator 3-cocycle which controls non-coassociativity of the quasi-Hopf algebra. We use abelian 2-cocycle twists to construct maps between the dynamical nonassociative star product and a family of associative star products parametrized by constant momentum surfaces in phase space. We define a suitable integration on these nonassociative spaces and find that the usual cyclicity of associative noncommutative deformations is replaced by weaker notions of 2-cyclicity and 3-cyclicity. Using this star product quantization on phase space together with 3-cyclicity, we formulate a consistent version of nonassociative quantum mechanics, in which we calculate the expectation values of area and volume operators, and find coarse-graining of the string background due to the R-flux.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University Colin Maclaurin Building, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom)
  2. (United Kingdom)
  3. Jacobs University Bremen, 28759 Bremen (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22403070
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Mathematical Physics; Journal Volume: 55; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALGEBRA; COMMUTATION RELATIONS; DEFORMATION; DUALITY; EXPECTATION VALUE; GEOMETRY; LIE GROUPS; PHASE SPACE; QUANTIZATION; QUANTUM MECHANICS