Bootstrapping O (N) vector models in 4<d<6

Shai M. Chester, Silviu S. Pufu, Ran Yacoby

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We use the conformal bootstrap to study conformal field theories with O(N) global symmetry in d=5 and d=5.95 space-time dimensions that have a scalar operator φi transforming as an O(N) vector. The crossing symmetry of the four-point function of this O(N) vector operator, along with unitarity assumptions, determines constraints on the scaling dimensions of conformal primary operators in the φi×φj operator product expansion̄mposing a lower bound on the second smallest scaling dimension of such an O(N)-singlet conformal primary, and varying the scaling dimension of the lowest one, we obtain an allowed region that exhibits a kink located very close to the interacting O(N)-symmetric conformal field theory conjectured to exist recently by Fei, Giombi, and Klebanov. Under reasonable assumptions on the dimension of the second lowest O(N) singlet in the φi×φj operator product expansion, we observe that this kink disappears in d=5 for small enough N, suggesting that in this case an interacting O(N) conformal field theory may cease to exist for N below a certain critical value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number086014
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 27 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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