Triangle Nuclear Theory Colloquium: Insightful supersymmetry

Erich Poppitz (U. of Toronto)

At NCSU
It has recently been realized that some studies of supersymmetric gauge theories, when properly interpreted, lead to insights whose importance transcends supersymmetry. I will illustrate the insightful nature of supersymmetry by two examples having to do with the microscopic description of the thermal deconfinement transition, in non-supersymmetric pure Yang-Mills theory and in QCD with adjoint fermions. A host of strange ``topological" molecules will be seen to be the major players in the confinement-deconfinement dynamics. Interesting connections between topology, ``condensed-matter" gases of electric and magnetic charges, and attempts to interpret the divergent perturbation series will emerge.

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 7:00pm
location: 
Raleigh N.C.
contact: 
Paul, Cristin
660-2491