Modularity and 4D-2D spectral equivalences for large-N gauge theories with adjoint matter

Gökçe Basar, Aleksey Cherman, Keith R. Dienes, David A. McGady

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In recent work, we demonstrated that the confined-phase spectrum of non-supersymmetric pure Yang-Mills theory coincides with the spectrum of the chiral sector of a two-dimensional conformal field theory in the large-N limit. This was done within the tractable setting in which the gauge theory is compactified on a three-sphere whose radius is small compared to the strong length scale. In this paper, we generalize these observations by demonstrating that similar results continue to hold even when massless adjoint matter fields are introduced. These results hold for both thermal and (−1)F -twisted partition functions, and collectively suggest that the spectra of large-N confining gauge theories are organized by the symmetries of two-dimensional conformal field theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number148
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Discrete Symmetries
  • Duality in Gauge Field Theories
  • Space-Time Symmetries


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