30 March 2016 to 22 April 2016
Nordita, Stockholm
Europe/Stockholm timezone

Lattice N=4 Super-Yang-Mills and S-duality

15 Apr 2016, 10:15
AlbaNova, FD5 (Nordita, Stockholm)

AlbaNova, FD5

Nordita, Stockholm


Joel Giedt (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)


Formulations of lattice supersymmetry over the last decade have been able to significantly reduce the amount of fine-tuning necessary in order to obtain the correct continuum limit. In the case of N=4 super-Yang-Mills, the approach that has emerged as the best path forward is based on a topological twisting of the theory. We describe this lattice theory and the various studies we have performed in order to understand its renormalization. A discrete subgroup of the R-symmetry has been used to identify the supersymmetric continuum limit, and we have performed nonpertubative numerical tests of it. In terms of applications, Montonen and Olive found evidence that a duality could exist in Yang-Mills with adjoint scalars. In this scheme, the 't Hooft-Polyakov monopole is dual to the W boson, leading to a theory equivalent to the Georgi-Glashow model but with magnetic charge replacing electric charge. The duality is believed to be realized in N=4 super-Yang-Mills. We are pursuing numerical, nonperturbative evidence for this S-duality using our lattice formulation. The various tricks that are necessary for doing this will be described.

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