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Bounds on 4D conformal and superconformal field theories

Poland, David and Simmons-Duffin, David (2011) Bounds on 4D conformal and superconformal field theories. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2011 (5). Art. No. 017. ISSN 1029-8479.

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We derive general bounds on operator dimensions, central charges, and OPE coefficients in 4D conformal and N = 1 superconformal field theories. In any CFT containing a scalar primary ϕ of dimension d we show that crossing symmetry of ⟨ϕϕϕϕ⟩ implies a completely general lower bound on the central charge c ≥ f_c(d). Similarly, in CFTs containing a complex scalar charged under global symmetries, we bound a combination of symmetry current two-point function coefficients τ^(IJ) and flavor charges. We extend these bounds to N = 1 superconformal theories by deriving the superconformal block expansions for four-point functions of a chiral superfield Φ and its conjugate. In this case we derive bounds on the OPE coefficients of scalar operators appearing in the Φ × Φ^† OPE, and show that there is an upper bound on the dimension of Φ^†Φ when dim Φ is close to 1. We also present even more stringent bounds on c and τ^(IJ). In supersymmetric gauge theories believed to flow to superconformal fixed points one can use anomaly matching to explicitly check whether these bounds are satisfied.

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Additional Information:© 2011 SISSA, Trieste, Italy. Received: April 4, 2011 Accepted: April 15, 2011 Published: May 3, 2011 We thank Tom Hartman, Diego Hofman, and especially Clay Córdova for helpful comments and conversations. DP also thanks the Aspen Center for Physics for its hospitality during the completion of this work. This work is supported in part by the Harvard Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature and by NSF grant PHY-0556111.
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Subject Keywords:Supersymmetric gauge theory, Conformal and W Symmetry
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Official Citation:Poland, D. & Simmons-Duffin, D. J. High Energ. Phys. (2011) 2011: 17.
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