May 23 – 25, 2016
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA)
Europe/Berlin timezone


Eric Perlmutter

May 23, 2016, 3:30 PM
E.0.11 (Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA))


Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA)

Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1 D-85748 Garching


We place new constraints on the landscape of 2d conformal field theories with higher spin currents, and on higher spin theories in AdS_3, using Lorentzian bootstrap methods. We show that unitary 2d CFTs with large central charge, light primary operators and a finite tower of higher spin currents cannot exist, and likewise for their putative AdS_3 dual theories of higher spin gravity. Theories with infinite towers of currents evade this conclusion, consistent with a potential embedding into string theory.

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