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Anomalies, RG Flows, and the a-Theorem in 6d
November 9, 20152:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CDT)

Anomalies, RG Flows, and the a-Theorem in 6d


Thomas Dumitrescu (Harvard University)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

The a-Theorem is a general constraint on unitary RG flows in even dimensions. In this talk, Dr. Dumitrescu will describe the status of the a-Theorem in six dimensions, and prove it for a large class of supersymmetric flows. He will then explain how to compute the a-anomaly in six-dimensional SCFTs by relating it to the R-symmetry and gravitational anomalies of these theories. This leads to additional checks of the a-Theorem, and an interesting puzzle for theories with free gauge fields in the deep IR.

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