TH String Theory Seminar

Constraints on 2d CFT partition functions

by Christoph Keller (Rutgers)

4/3-006 - TH Conference Room (CERN)

4/3-006 - TH Conference Room


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We discuss partition functions of 2d conformal field theories. Modular invariance is known to constrain the spectrum of such theories. We investigate these constraints systematically, using the linear functional method to put new improved upper bounds on the lowest gap in the spectrum. We also consider generalized partition functions of N = (2,2) superconformal theories and discuss the application of our results to Calabi-Yau compactifications. This talk is based on 1209.4649 with H.Ooguri and 1307.6562 with D.Friedan.