TH String Theory Seminar

T-branes and 3d mirror symmetry: Generalizing the singularity/Lie algebra correspondence

by Andres Collinucci (ULB (Brussels))

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

4-3-006 - TH Conference Room


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There is a longstanding correspondence between singularities and simple Lie algebras, beautifully realized in string theory by probing singularities with branes. In this talk, I will be exploring what happens when this pristine, well-established paradigm fails. The offender in this story are "T-branes", non-Abelian bound states of D6-branes that defy geometric intuition. The tool of preference will be "3d mirror symmetry", a strong/strong duality between 3d SUSY field theories. We will see that, in order to understand these situations, it is necessary to appeal to a new class of d=3 N=2 non-Lagrangian field theories whose Higgs branches mimic N=4 behavior.

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