# Zumino's consistent and covariant anomalies - applied to quantum hall?

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What is the physical' meaning of consistent anomalies and covariant anomalies?

Perhaps a good Reference is: Consistent and covariant anomalies in gauge and gravitational theories - William A. Bardeen and Bruno Zumino

I kind of remember (and used to think) that: $$\text{consistent anomaly} =(1/2) (\text{covariant anomaly})$$

So the physical picture I have is, for example a 1+1D system. See a Reference arXiv:1307.7480. Consider this 1+1D theory lives as the edge theory on the boundary of a 2+1D spatial cylinder. There is an (integer) quantum hall state with charge U(1) symmetry.

On the left edge, there is a left-moving current with a consistent' anomaly $$\partial_\mu J_L^\mu =(e/4\pi)\epsilon^{\mu\nu} F_{\mu\nu}(=\text{consistent anomaly}?)$$

On the right edge, there is a right-moving current with another `consistent' anomaly $$\partial_\mu J_R^\mu =-(e/4\pi)\epsilon^{\mu\nu} F_{\mu\nu}(=-\text{consistent anomaly}?)$$

Consider putting these two edges more-or-less together as the same 1+1D (but without direct interactions), shows axial anomaly: $$\partial_\mu J_A^\mu=\partial_\mu (J_L^\mu-J_R^\mu) =(e/2\pi)\epsilon^{\mu\nu} F_{\mu\nu}(=\text{covariant anomaly}?)$$

while vector current conserved: $$\partial_\mu J_V^\mu=\partial_\mu (J_L^\mu+J_R^\mu) =0$$

At least, this physical picture produces: $$\text{consistent anomaly} =(1/2) (\text{covariant anomaly})$$

Can someone inform whether this is a right picture or not for the consistent anomalies and covariant anomalies?

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-04 11:40 (UCT), posted by SE-user Idear
You will find interesting informations page $3$ of the paper you first cited in free access here
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