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Accidental Symmetries and the Conformal Bootstrap
October 12, 20152:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CDT)

Accidental Symmetries and the Conformal Bootstrap


Silviu Pufu (Princeton University)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

In this talk, Dr. Pufu will discuss an application of the conformal bootstrap and supersymmetric localization techniques to argue that in certain Wess-Zumino models in 2+1 dimensions there is symmetry enhancement in the infrared. These models are generalizations of the critical O(N) vector model and have N=2 supersymmetry. They are interesting in that for small enough N there are no indications other than the conformal bootstrap that they should exhibit symmetry enhancement.

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