Anomaly Inflow for Subsystem Symmetries
Abstract
We study 't Hooft anomalies and the related anomaly inflow for subsystem global symmetries. These symmetries and anomalies arise in a number of exotic systems, including models with fracton order such as the Xcube model. As is the case for ordinary global symmetries, anomalies for subsystem symmetries can be canceled by anomaly inflow from a bulk theory in one higher dimension; the corresponding bulk is therefore a nontrivial subsystem symmetry protected topological (SSPT) phase. We demonstrate these phenomena in several examples with continuous and discrete subsystem global symmetries, as well as timereversal symmetry. For each example we describe the boundary anomaly, and present classical continuum actions for the corresponding bulk SSPT phases, which describe the response of background gauge fields associated with the subsystem symmetries. Interestingly, we show that the anomaly does not uniquely specify the bulk SSPT phase. In general, the latter may also depend on how the symmetry and the associated foliation structure on the boundary are extended into the bulk.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 October 2021
 arXiv:
 arXiv:2110.09529
 Bibcode:
 2021arXiv211009529B
 Keywords:

 Condensed Matter  Strongly Correlated Electrons;
 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
 41 pages, 2 figures