Seminar - Physics Department
Deconfining N = 2 SCFTs the Art of Brane Bending
Ajit Kumar Sorout, UMass Amherst
Category: ACFI Seminar
In the past few years, there has been a significant improvement in our under- standing of four-dimensional N = 2 superconformal field theories (SCFTs), particularly the “class S” theories, which are constructed by compactifying the six-dimensional (2, 0) theory of type g on a punctured Riemann surface Σ. Interestingly, a considerable amount of knowledge has been gained about these strongly coupled N = 2 SCFTs without requiring any knowledge of a Lagrangian description. However, this situation is changing, and in this talk, I will present a new class of Lagrangian constructions that use N = 1 SCFTs and S-duality to build Lagrangians for a class of interacting N = 2 SCFTs. I will start by reviewing the use of geometric engineering brane tiling techniques to construct SCFTs and explain how to read the N = 1 gauge theory from brane tiling. Then, I will discuss the simplest case of the construction of Lagrangians for N = 2 theories, which arises from placing D3-branes at an orientifolded C2/Z2 singularity. This allows us to obtain Lagrangian descriptions for all R2,k "class S” theories. Finally, I will conclude with a summary of our results and future directions.
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