03.11.2021 (Wednesday)

AdS Bulk Locality from Sharp CFT Bounds

Regular Seminar Dalimil Mazac (IAS)

13:45 KCL
room Online

It has been a long-standing conjecture that any CFT with a large central charge and a large gap M in the spectrum of single-trace operators must be dual to a local effective field theory in AdS. In my talk, I will discuss a proof of a sharp form of this conjecture. In particular, I will explain how to derive numerical bounds on bulk Wilson coefficients in terms of M using the conformal bootstrap. The bounds exhibit scaling in M expected from dimensional analysis in the bulk. The main technical tools are dispersive CFT sum rules. These sum rules provide a dictionary between CFT dispersion relations and S-matrix dispersion relations in appropriate limits. This dictionary allows one to apply recently-developed flat-space methods to construct positive CFT functionals. My talk will be based on https://arxiv.org/pdf/2106.10274.pdf, which is joint work with S. Caron-Huot, L. Rastelli, and D. Simmons-Duffin.