This paper focuses on the analysis of 4dN = 4 superconformal theories in the presence of a defect from the point of view of the conformal bootstrap. We will concentrate first on the case of codimension one, where the defect is a boundary that preserves half of the supersymmetry. After studying the constraints imposed by supersymmetry, we will obtain the Ward identities associated to two-point functions of 12 -BPS operators and write their solution as a superconformal block expansion. Due to a surprising connection between spacetime and R-symmetry conformal blocks, our results not only apply to 4dN = 4 superconformal theories with a boundary, but also to three more systems that have the same symmetry algebra: 4dN = 4 superconformal theories with a line defect, 3dN = 4 superconformal theories with no defect, and OSP(4∗|4) superconformal quantum mechanics. The superconformal algebra implies that all these systems possess a closed subsector of operators in which the bootstrap equations become polynomial constraints on the CFT data. We derive these truncated equations and initiate the study of their solutions.

Bootstrap equations for N = 4 SYM with defects / Liendo, P.; Meneghelli, C.. - In: JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS. - ISSN 1029-8479. - (2017). [10.1007/JHEP01(2017)122]

Bootstrap equations for N = 4 SYM with defects

Meneghelli C.
2017

Abstract

This paper focuses on the analysis of 4dN = 4 superconformal theories in the presence of a defect from the point of view of the conformal bootstrap. We will concentrate first on the case of codimension one, where the defect is a boundary that preserves half of the supersymmetry. After studying the constraints imposed by supersymmetry, we will obtain the Ward identities associated to two-point functions of 12 -BPS operators and write their solution as a superconformal block expansion. Due to a surprising connection between spacetime and R-symmetry conformal blocks, our results not only apply to 4dN = 4 superconformal theories with a boundary, but also to three more systems that have the same symmetry algebra: 4dN = 4 superconformal theories with a line defect, 3dN = 4 superconformal theories with no defect, and OSP(4∗|4) superconformal quantum mechanics. The superconformal algebra implies that all these systems possess a closed subsector of operators in which the bootstrap equations become polynomial constraints on the CFT data. We derive these truncated equations and initiate the study of their solutions.
Bootstrap equations for N = 4 SYM with defects / Liendo, P.; Meneghelli, C.. - In: JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS. - ISSN 1029-8479. - (2017). [10.1007/JHEP01(2017)122]
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