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Holographic description of code CFTs

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  • UserAnatoly Dymarsky (U Kentucky)
  • ClockFriday 16 June 2023, 14:00-15:00
  • HouseCMS MR9.

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Recently, a relation was introduced connecting codes of various types with the space of abelian (Narain) 2d CFTs. We extend this relation to provide holographic description of code CFTs in terms of abelian Chern-Simons theory in the bulk. For codes over the alphabet Z_p corresponding bulk theory is, schematically, U(1)p times U(1){-p} where p stands for the level. Furthermore, CFT partition function averaged over all code theories for the codes of a given type is holographically given by the Chern-Simons partition function summed over all possible 3d geometries. This provides an explicit and controllable example of holographic correspondence where a finite ensemble of CFTs is dual to “topological/CS gravity” in the bulk. The parameter p controls the size of the ensemble and “how topological” the bulk theory is. Say, for p=1 any given Narain CFT is described holographically in terms of U(1)1n times U(1){-1}n Chern-Simons, which does not distinguish between different 3d geometries (and hence can be evaluated on any of them). When p approaches infinity, the ensemble of code theories covers the whole Narain moduli space with the bulk theory becoming “U(1)-gravity.”

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