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Bootstrapping Conformal Field Theories

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Speaker: David Simmons-Duffin, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Location: 432 Physics
Start time: Thu, Jan 29 2015, 1:10PM

Conformal Field Theory (CFT) describes the long distance limit of numerous systems in particle and condensed matter physics. Often, the dynamics in this limit is strongly-coupled, making it hard to calculate observables precisely. However, in the last few years, a new technique for exploring CFTs has emerged based on the idea of the Conformal Bootstrap. I will explain how the Bootstrap lets us calculate critical exponents in the 3d Ising Model to world-record precision, how it explains similarities between magnets and boiling water, and how it can be applied to questions across theoretical physics.