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.

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Date Posted: 01 May 2017

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