We present a pure Chern-Simons formulation of families of interesting conformal field theories describing edge states of non-Abelian quantum Hall states. These theories contain two Abelian Chern-Simons fields describing the electromagnetically charged and neutral sectors of these models, respectively. The charged sector is the usual Abelian Chern-Simons theory that successfully describes Laughlin-type incompressible fluids. The neutral sector is a (2+1)-dimensional theory analogous to the (1+1)-dimensional orbifold conformal field theories. It is based on the gauge group O(2) which contains a Z2 disconnected group manifold, which is the salient feature of this theory. At level q, the Abelian theory of the neutral sector gives rise to a Z2q symmetry, which is further reduced by imposing the Z2 symmetry of charge-conjugation invariance. The remaining Zq symmetry of the neutral sector is the origin of the non-Abelian statistics of the (fermionic) q-pfaffian states.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics