20.10.2021 (Wednesday)

Renormalization Group Flows on Line Defects

Regular Seminar Avia Raviv-Moshe (Stony Brook U., New York, SCGP)

15:45 KCL
room Online

In this talk, we will consider line defects in d-dimensional CFTs. The ambient CFT places nontrivial constraints on renormalization group flows on such line defects. We will see that the flow on line defects is consequently irreversible and furthermore a canonical decreasing entropy function exists. This construction generalizes the g theorem to line defects in arbitrary dimensions. We will demonstrate this generalization in some concrete examples, including a flow between Wilson loops in 4 dimensions, and an O(3) bosonic theory coupled to impurities with large isospin.