Progress towards a classification of 5d N=1 SCFTs

I describe recent progress in classifying 5d N=1 field theories with interacting UV superconformal fixed points (i.e. 5d SCFTs). In the first part of the talk, I review a newly proposed catalog of candidate (simple) gauge theories which captures theories missed by prior field theoretic classification efforts. In the second part of the talk, I discuss a classification program for rank 1 and 2 5d SCFTs in terms of Calabi-Yau 3-folds, along with prospects for its extension to arbitrary rank. This geometric classification program refines the field theoretic approach by incorporating non-perturbative physics, predicts a number of dualities between 5d gauge theories, and supports the idea that all 5d SCFTs can be obtained by compactifying 6d (1,0) SCFTs on a circle.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 14:30 to 16:00
Alice Room
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