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Combining local and extended operator algebras: 4d N = 2 vertex algebras and semi-topological descent

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  • UserMitch Weaver (Cincinnati)
  • ClockThursday 26 May 2022, 15:00-16:00
  • HouseOnline (Zoom).

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Algebras of supersymmetry-protected local and extended operators can pro- vide an analytic window onto the structure of supersymmetric quantum field theories, even when they are strongly interacting. For example, 4d N = 2 SCF Ts have a sub- sector of local operators in the cohomology of a particular nilpotent supercharge which maps to a 2d vertex operator algebra (VOA), and certain surface operators in these theories correspond to non-vacuum modules of the VOA . In this talk, I will present a construction of extended operators residing in the cohomology of the VOA supercharge using the idea of topological descent. In doing so, I will show there exists a fascinating web of extended operators in every unitary 4d N = 2 SCFT which extends the structure furnished by the VOA . To demonstrate the richness of this extended operator algebra and its relation to the VOA , I will describe this construction for the simple case of a free hypermultiplet.

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

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