E-String Theory on Riemann Surfaces

Hee Cheol Kim, Shlomo S. Razamat, Cumrun Vafa, Gabi Zafrir

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We study compactifications of the 6d E-string theory, the theory of a small E8 instanton, to four dimensions. In particular we identify N=1 field theories in four dimensions corresponding to compactifications on arbitrary Riemann surfaces with punctures and with arbitrary non-abelian flat connections as well as fluxes for the abelian sub-groups of the E8 flavor symmetry. This sheds light on emergent symmetries in a number of 4d N=1 SCFTs (including the ‘E7 surprise’ theory) as well as leads to new predictions for a large number of 4-dimensional exceptional dualities and symmetries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700074
JournalFortschritte der Physik
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • E-string theory
  • superconformal field theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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