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February 13, 20232:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CDT)

How Single Particle States in 3+1d are Descendants in a (non-unitary) 2d CFT


Noah Miller (Harvard University)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

Following a recent collaboration with Cotler & Strominger, we present a basis of spin-0 single particle states in 3+1d Minkoski spacetime which transform as descendants in a 2d CFT with (negative) integer weight. At fixed weight, the states fill out a square matrix of states similar to the BFSS matrix model. We prove this basis is complete via explicit decomposition of the Wightman Green’s function. To do this, we make use of a new inner product which emulates the BPZ inner product. This work fills out a new corner of the flat space holography dictionary.

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