Download EPFL Lectures on Conformal Field Theory in D ≥ 3 Dimensions by Slava Rychkov PDF

By Slava Rychkov

This primer develops Conformal box conception (CFT) from scratch, wherein CFT is considered as any conformally-invariant concept that describes a hard and fast aspect of a renormalization staff move in quantum box theory.

The ebook is split into 4 lectures: Lecture 1 addresses the actual foundations of conformal invariance, whereas Lecture 2 examines the limitations imposed by means of conformal symmetry at the correlation features of neighborhood operators, offered utilizing the so-called projective null cone – a process sometimes called the embedding formalism. In flip, Lecture three makes a speciality of the radial quantization and the operator product enlargement, whereas Lecture four deals a really short advent to the conformal bootstrap.

Derived from course-based notes, those lectures are meant as a primary aspect of access to this subject for grasp and PhD scholars alike.

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76) where the dilatation operator acts only on O, since the prefactor is simply a c-number. 76) we conclude that k = 1 + 2 − O . Let us now consider the descendant terms: φ1 (x)φ2 (0)|0 = const. [O(0) + cx μ ∂μ O(0) + · · · ]|0 + contributions of other primaries. 77) The coefficient c can be found by acting on both sides of this equation with K μ . 79) 52 3 Radial Quantization and OPE where in the first line we used K μ φ2 (0) = 0, since φ2 (0) is a primary, and in the second line substituted the OPE.

The proof is easy. To construct an operator we must define its correlation functions with other operators. Define them by the equation φ(x1 )φ(x2 ) . . O (0) = 0|φ(x1 )φ(x2 ) . . | . 26) This definition can be shown to satisfy all the usual transformation properties dictated by CI. 29) φ(r1 , n 1 )φ(r2 , n 2 ) . . 1 Radial Quantization 43 where the function f can depend only on the differences τi − τ j and all the unit vectors n i . Indeed, the factors 1/ri i already account for the scaling.

41) This definition has the property that the correlation functions are R-reflection positive (in a unitary theory): 46 3 Radial Quantization and OPE 0|[φ(y)]† [φ(x)]† . . φ(x)φ(y)|0 > 0 . 42) From this rule we can establish conjugation properties of algebra generators. ). So we have: (Pμ | )† = |K μ . e. Pμ = K μ† . 7 2pt Function in Radial Quantization For a concrete application of this formalism, consider the 2pt function of a scalar field 1 . 47) n where τ2 − τ1 is the cylinder time interval: e−(τ2 −τ1 ) = r1 /r2 .

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