Charting the space of 3D CFTs with a continuous global symmetry

Anatoly Dymarsky, Joao Penedones, Emilio Trevisani, Alessandro Vichi

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We study correlation functions of a conserved spin-1 current Jμ in three dimensional Conformal Field Theories (CFTs). We investigate the constraints imposed by permutation symmetry and current conservation on the form of three point functions 〈 JμJνOΔ,〉 and the four point function 〈JμJνJρJσ〉 and identify the minimal set of independent crossing symmetry conditions. We obtain a recurrence relation for conformal blocks for generic spin-1 operators in three dimensions. In the process, we improve several technical points, facilitating the use of recurrence relations. By applying the machinery of the numerical conformal bootstrap we obtain universal bounds on the dimensions of certain light operators as well as the central charge. Highlights of our results include numerical evidence for the conformal collider bound and new constraints on the parameters of the critical O(2) model. The results obtained in this work apply to any unitary, three dimensional CFT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number98
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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Article funded by SCOAP3.

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  • Conformal Field Theory
  • Field Theories in Higher Dimensions
  • Global Symmetries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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