Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

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In this talk, I will investigate the structure of certain protected operator algebras that arise in three-dimensional N = 4 superconformal field theories. I will show that these algebras can be understood as a quantization of (either of) the half-BPS chiral ring(s). An important feature of this quantization is that it has a preferred basis in which the structure constants of the quantum algebra are equal to the OPE coefficients of the underlying superconformal theory. I will present evidence in examples that for a given choice of quantum algebra (defined up to a certain gauge equivalence), there is at most one choice of canonical basis, and conjecture that this is true in general.