Non-Invertible Symmetries from Holography and Branes

12/12/2022 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Quantum Matter Seminar

Speaker: Federico Bonetti (Oxford)

Title: Non-Invertible Symmetries from Holography and Branes

Abstract:  The notion of global symmetry in quantum field theory (QFT) has witnessed dramatic generalizations in the past few years. One of the most exciting developments has been the identification of 4d QFTs possessing non-invertible symmetries, i.e. global symmetries whose generators exhibit fusion rules that are not group-like. In this talk, I will discuss realizations of non-invertible symmetries in string theory and holography. As a concrete case study, I will consider the Klebanov-Strassler setup for holographic confinement in Type IIB string theory. The global symmetries of the holographic 4d QFT (both invertible and non-invertible) can be accessed by studying the topological couplings of the low-energy effective action of the dual 5d supergravity theory. Moreover, non-invertible symmetry defects can be realized in terms of D-branes. The D-brane picture captures non-trivial aspects of the fusion of non-invertible symmetry defects, and of their action on extended operators of the 4d QFT.