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VOAs and Superconformal Field Theory in Four Dimensions

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  • UserChris Beem (Oxford)
  • ClockThursday 09 May 2019, 15:00-16:00
  • HouseMR11.

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I will describe an extensive correspondence between N=2 superconformal field theories in four dimensions and vertex operator algebras, i.e., chiral algebras. After recalling essential notions of the algebraic structure of four-dimensional SCF Ts, I will outline the origins of the VOA structure. I will then give an overview of the VOA /SCFT dictionary, which is by now quite elaborate. With sufficient time, I will describe some main results and conjectures associated with this program, such as modularity properties of the superconformal index and intricate unitarity bounds for theories with continuous global symmetries.

This talk is part of the Quantum Fields and Strings Seminars series.

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