IAS High Energy Theory Seminar

Old and New Physics Prospects for q-Virasoro

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

For contact-tracing purposes all off-campus attendees must register for this seminar: 

All in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated and masks are required in all indoor spaces (except while actively eating). Additionally, all off-campus attendees are required to upload proof of vaccination via the IAS CrowdPass App 

Abstract: q-deformed Virasoro and W-algebras were defined a quarter century ago with the aim of furthering our understanding of two-dimensional integrable and conformal field theories, while also developing the representation theory of so-called quantum groups. In the last few years, there has been a renewed interest in those algebras, coming rather unexpectedly from the recent success of localization methods in supersymmetric field and string theories. In this talk, I will first review the construction and main features of the deformed algebras; I will then give an overview of some of the more thrilling current developments, such as the existence of non-perturbative Ward identities in supersymmetric gauge theories in various dimensions, along with a dictionary to six-dimensional little string physics.

Date & Time

October 22, 2021 | 1:45pm – 3:00pm


Wolfensohn Hall (behind Bloomberg Hall) & on Zoom


Speaker Affiliation

Member, School of Natural Sciences, IAS