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The Eight field way

QMAP Seminar

Speaker: Shlomo Razamat, Technion
Location: 432 Physics
Start time: Wed, Feb 21 2018, 11:00AM

We study compactifications of the 6d E-string theory, the theory of a small E_8 instanton, to four dimensions. In particular we identify N=1 field theories in four dimensions corresponding to compactifications on arbitrary Riemann surfaces with punctures and with arbitrary non-abelian flat connections as well as fluxes for the abelian sub-groups of the E_8 flavor symmetry. This sheds light on emergent symmetries in a number of 4d N=1 SCFTs (including the `E7 surprise' theory) as well as leads to new predictions for a large number of 4-dimensional exceptional dualities and symmetries. We also will mention some of the field theories obtained by compactifying other six dimensional theories (ADE conformal matter) on a torus with flux.