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Geometric Classification of 5d **N=1** Superconformal Field Theories
November 20, 20172:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CDT)

Geometric Classification of 5d **N=1** Superconformal Field Theories


Patrick Jefferson (Harvard University)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

I describe a new framework for classifying 5d superconformal field theories (SCFTs) with Coulomb branch deformations. In the first part of the talk, I review a recently proposed classification of SCFTs arising from gauge theories with a simple gauge group using field theory data. In the second part, I discuss aspects of a current project to classify rank two theories in terms of Calabi-Yau singularities, which is a refinement of the first approach that incorporates nonperturbative instanton physics. I will show that the second approach supports the existence of many of the new theories identified using the first approach, as well as confirms a number of dualities between rank two gauge theories.

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