Maximally supersymmetric Yang--Mills on the lattice

Particle Physics Theory seminar

Maximally supersymmetric Yang--Mills on the lattice

  • Event time: 2:00pm
  • Event date: 23rd November 2016
  • Speaker: David Schaich (University Bern)
  • Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room,

Event details

Lattice field theory provides a non-perturbative regularization of strongly interacting systems, which has proven crucial to the study of quantum chromodynamics among many other theories.  Supersymmetry plays prominent roles in the study of physics beyond the standard model, both as an ingredient in model building and as a tool to improve our understanding of quantum field theory.  Attempts to apply lattice techniques to supersymmetric field theories have a long history but often struggle due to the interplay of supersymmetry with the lattice discretization of spacetime.

In recent years these difficulties have been overcome for a class of theories that includes the particularly interesting case of maximally supersymmetric Yang--Mills (N=4 SYM) in four dimensions, which is a cornerstone of AdS/CFT duality.  In combination with computational advances this progress enables practical numerical investigations of N=4 SYM on the lattice, which can address questions that are difficult or impossible to study through other means.  After reviewing some highlights of the N=4 SYM lattice formulation, I will present a selection of results from our ongoing numerical studies, including comparisons with analytic predictions.

The Particle Physics Theory seminar is a weekly series of talks reflecting the diverse interests of the group. Topics include analytic and numerical calculations based on the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, theories exploring new physics, as well as more formal developments in gauge theories and gravity..

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