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Lightcone Modular Bootstrap and Pure Gravity
September 9, 20192:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CDT)

Lightcone Modular Bootstrap and Pure Gravity


Nathan Benjamin (Princeton University)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

I will discuss new universal bounds on the spectra of two-dimensional unitary, compact conformal field theories coming from the modular bootstrap. In the presence of a twist gap amongst the Virasoro primary operators (where twist is defined as the difference between total conformal dimension and spin), I will show that there is a universal expression for the density of states that extends beyond the usual Cardy regime. I will also present a solution to the modular crossing kernels associated with a general modular transformation. This solution has an interesting feature which suggests a new upper bound on the lowest twist primary operator present in any CFT. For theories holographically dual to large-radius gravity in AdS_3, this new bound is below the BTZ threshold, which implies that states that cannot be described as BTZ black holes must exist.

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