MS Seminar (Mathematics - String Theory)

Speaker: David Simmons-Duffin (IAS)
Title: The Lightcone Bootstrap and the Spectrum of the 3d Ising CFT
Date: Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 13:15 - 14:30
Place: Seminar Room A
Abstract: We compute numerically the dimensions and OPE coefficients of several operators in the 3d Ising CFT, and then try to reverse-engineer the solution to crossing symmetry analytically. Our key tool is a set of new techniques for computing infinite sums of SL(2,R) conformal blocks. Using these techniques, we solve the lightcone bootstrap to all orders in an asymptotic expansion in large spin, and suggest a strategy for going beyond the large spin limit. We carry out the first steps of this strategy for the 3d Ising CFT, deriving analytic approximations for the dimensions and OPE coefficients of several infinite families of operators in terms of the initial data {Δσ,Δϵ,fσσϵ,fϵϵϵ,cT}. The analytic results agree with numerics to high precision for about 100 low-twist operators (correctly accounting for O(1) mixing effects between large-spin families). Plugging these results back into the crossing equations, we obtain approximate analytic constraints on the initial data.