## Department of Physics Papers

#### Document Type

Working Paper

#### Date of this Version

12-1991

#### Publication Source

Nuclear Physics B

#### Volume

366

#### Issue

2

#### Start Page

255

#### Last Page

272

#### DOI

10.1016/0550-3213(91)90002-F

#### Abstract

We show how to obtain explicit integration measures on ordinary moduli space corresponding to the correlation functions of pure 2-dimensional topological gravity. In particular our prescription tells how to remove the zero modes of the βγ system. We then use our formula to derive the “dilaton equation” introduced by E. Verlinde and H. Verlinde,a relation between the N-point and (N − 1)-point correlations of this theory. Just as incritical string theory we use the fact that certain brst-exact states fail to decouple. Instead they build up ˇ Cech classes, in this instance the Euler class of an N-times punctured surface. Throughout we use the “semirigid” formulation of topological gravity. Thus theLiouville sector of other approaches never enters.

#### Recommended Citation

Distler, J.,
&
Nelson, P. C.
(1991).
The Dilaton Equation in Semirigid String Theory.
*Nuclear Physics B,*
*366*
(2),
255-272.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0550-3213(91)90002-F

**Date Posted:** 01 May 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.