IAS High Energy Theory Seminar

Celestial Operator Product Expansions and $w_{1+infinity}$ Symmetry for All Spins

This seminar will be presented in-person in Wolfensohn Hall at the IAS and on Zoom.

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Abstract: The operator product expansion of massless celestial primary operators of arbitrary spin is investigated.  Poincare symmetry is found to imply a set of recursion relations on the operator product expansion coefficients of the leading singular terms at tree-level in a holomorphic limit. The symmetry constraints are solved by an Euler beta function with arguments that depend simply on the right-moving conformal weights of the operators in the product.  These symmetry-derived coefficients are shown not only to match precisely those arising from momentum-space  tree-level collinear limits, but also to obey an infinite number of additional symmetry transformations that respect the algebra of $w_{1+infinity}$.  In tree-level minimally-coupled gravitational theories, celestial currents are constructed from light transforms of conformally soft gravitons and found to generate the action of $w_{1+infinity}$ on arbitrary massless celestial primaries. Results include operator product expansion coefficients for fermions as well as those arising from  higher-derivative non-minimal couplings of gluons and gravitons.

 

Date & Time

September 20, 2021 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Location

Wolfensohn Hall (behind Bloomberg Hall) & on Zoom

Speakers

Monica Pate

Speaker Affiliation

Harvard University

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