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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Bootstrapping N = 4 super-Yang-Mills on the conformal manifold
Shai Chester
Event Type: HEP Seminar
Time: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: 726 Broadway, 940, CCPP Seminar
Abstract: Abstract: We study the N = 4 SYM stress tensor multiplet 4-point function for any value of the complexified coupling tau, and in principle any gauge group we focus on SU2 and SU3 for simplicity. By combining non-perturbative constraints from the numerical bootstrap with two exact constraints from supersymmetric localization, we are able to compute upper bounds on low-lying CFT data e.g. the Konishi for any value of tau. These upper bounds are very close to the 4-loop weak coupling predictions in the appropriate regime. We also give preliminary evidence that these upper bounds become small islands under reasonable assumptions, in which case our method would provide a numerical solution to N = 4 SYM for any gauge group and tau.

Active Topology
Cristina Marchetti, University of California Santa Barbara
Event Type: Physics Dept Colloquium
Time: 4:00 PM -
Location: 726 Broadway, 940, CCPP Seminar
Abstract: Topology plays a key role in condensed matter physics, underlying much of our understanding of equilibrium matter in terms of defects in ordered media and topologically protected states. In active systems – collections of entities that consume energy to generate their own motion and forces – topological phenomena can take on new and surprising roles. I will describe some of these behaviors focusing on liquid-crystalline active matter in two dimensions, specifically active nematic liquid crystals, where defects become motile particles, drive spatio-temporally chaotic flows, and can themselves organize in emergent ordered states.