Abstract M-theory on compact eight-manifolds with Spin(7)-holonomy is a framework for geometric engineering of 3d \( \mathcal{N}=1 \) gauge theories coupled to gravity. We propose a new construction of such Spin(7)-manifolds, based on a generalized connected sum, where the building blocks are a Calabi-Yau four-fold and a G2-holonomy manifold times a circle, respectively, which...

Abstract It has recently been demonstrated that the large N limit of a model of fermions charged under the global/gauge symmetry group O(N)q−1 agrees with the large N limit of the SYK model. In these notes we investigate aspects of the dynamics of the O(N)q−1 theories that differ from their SYK counterparts. We argue that the spectrum of fluctuations about the finite temperature...

Abstract We study holographic renormalization group flows from four-dimensional \( \mathcal{N}=2 \) SCFTs to either \( \mathcal{N}=2 \) or \( \mathcal{N}=1 \) SCFTs. Our approach is based on the framework of five-dimensional half-maximal supergravity with general gauging, which we use to study domain wall solutions interpolating between different supersymmetric AdS5 vacua. We...

Abstract Rotating black holes are algebraically special solutions to the vacuum Einstein equation. Using properties of the algebraically special solutions we construct the dual fluid, which flows on black hole horizon. An explicit form of the Kerr solution allows us to write an explicit dual fluid solution and investigate its stability using energy balance equation. We show that...

Abstract Macroscopic nuggets of quark matter were proposed several decades ago as a candidate for dark matter. The formation of these objects in the early universe requires the QCD phase transition to be first order — a requirement that is not satisfied in the Standard Model where lattice simulations reveal a continuous crossover instead. In this article we point out that new...

Abstract We use the recently developed framework of the Mellin bootstrap to study perturbatively free scalar CFTs in arbitrary dimensions. This approach uses the crossing-symmetric Mellin space formulation of correlation functions to generate algebraic bootstrap equations by demanding that only physical operators contribute to the OPE. We find that there are no perturbatively...

Abstract We discuss the four dimensional models obtained by compactifying a single M5 brane probing D N singularity (minimal D-type (1, 0) conformal matter in six dimensions) on a torus with flux for abelian subgroups of the SO(4N) flavor symmetry. We derive the resulting quiver field theories in four dimensions by first compactifying on a circle and relating the flux to duality...

Abstract We consider theories of weakly interacting higher spin particles in flat space-time. We focus on the four-point scattering amplitude at high energies and imaginary scattering angles. The leading asymptotic of the amplitude in this regime is universal and equal to the corresponding limit of the Veneziano amplitude. In this paper, we find tha the first sub-leading...

Abstract The positivity of relative entropy for spatial subsystems in a holographic CFT implies the positivity of certain quantities in the dual gravitational theory. In this note, we consider CFT subsystems whose boundaries lie on the lightcone of a point p. We show that the positive gravitational quantity which corresponds to the relative entropy for such a subsystem A is a...

Abstract We consider quantum integrable models solvable by the nested algebraic Bethe ansatz and possessing \( \mathfrak{g}{\mathfrak{l}}_3 \)-invariant R-matrix. We study a new recently proposed approach to construct on-shell Bethe vectors of these models. We prove that the vectors constructed by this method are semi-on-shell Bethe vectors for arbitrary values of Bethe...

Abstract We perform a comparative study of the time dependence of the holographic quantum complexity of some space like singular bulk gravitational backgrounds. This is done by considering the two available notions of complexity, one that relates it to the maximal spatial volume and the other that relates it to the classical action of the Wheeler-de Witt patch. We calculate and...

Abstract We evaluate the low energy gravitational couplings, Fg in the heterotic E8 ×E8 string theory compactified on orbifolds of K3 × T 2 by g′ which acts as a ℤ N automorphism on K3 together with a 1/N shift along T 2. The orbifold g′ corresponds to the conjugacy classes of the Mathieu group M24. The holomorphic piece of F g is given in terms of a polylogarithm with index 3−2g...

Abstract We consider a neutrino Two Higgs Doublet Model (νTHDM) in which neutrinos obtain naturally small Dirac masses from the soft symmetry breaking of a global U(1) X symmetry. We extended the model so the soft term is generated by the spontaneous breaking of U(1) X by a new scalar field. The symmetry breaking pattern can also stabilize a scalar dark matter candidate. After...

Abstract We construct a 6D nonabelian \( \mathcal{N}=\left(1,\ 0\right) \) theory by coupling an \( \mathcal{N}=\left(1,\ 0\right) \) tensor multiplet to an \( \mathcal{N}=\left(1,\ 0\right) \) hypermultiplet. While the \( \mathcal{N}=\left(1,\ 0\right) \) tensor multiplet is in the adjoint representation of the gauge group, the hypermultiplet can be in the fundamental...

Abstract Without any shred of evidence for new physics from LHC, the last hiding spots of natural electroweak supersymmetry seem to lie either in compressed spectra or in spectra where scalars are suppressed with respect to the gauginos. While in the MSSM (or in any theory where supersymmetry is broken by the F-vev of a chiral spurion), a hierarchy between scalar and gaugino...

Abstract We develop a well-defined spectral representation for two-point functions in relativistic Integrable QFT in finite density situations, valid for space-like separations. The resulting integral series is based on the infinite volume, zero density form factors of the theory, and certain statistical functions related to the distribution of Bethe roots in the finite density...

Abstract In this paper, we study the extended Standard Model (SM) with an extra Higgs doublet and right-handed neutrinos. If the symmetry to distinguish the two Higgs doublets is not assigned, flavor changing neutral currents (FCNCs) involving the scalars are predicted even at the tree level. We investigate the constraints on the FCNCs at the one-loop level, and especially study...

Abstract The peculiar value of θ is a challenge to the notion of an anthropic landscape. We briefly review the possibility that a suitable axion might arise from an anthropic requirement of dark matter. We then consider an alternative suggestion of Kaloper and Terning that θ might be correlated with the cosmological constant. We note that in a landscape one expects that θ is...

Abstract We study Zamolodchikov’s \( T\overline{T} \) deformation of two dimensional quantum field theories in a ’t Hooft-like limit, in which we scale the number of degrees of freedom c to infinity and the deformation parameter t to zero, keeping their product t · c fixed (more precisely, we keep energies and distances fixed in units of t · c). In this limit the Hagedorn...

Abstract We present SU(2|1) supersymmetric mechanics on n-dimensional Riemannian manifolds within the Hamiltonian approach. The structure functions including prepotentials entering the supercharges and the Hamiltonian obey extended curved WDVV equations specified by the manifold’s metric and curvature tensor. We consider the most general u(2)-valued prepotential, which contains...

Abstract We perform global fits of Two-Higgs-Doublet models with a softly broken ℤ2 symmetry to recent results from the LHC detectors CMS and ATLAS, that is signal strengths and direct search limits obtained at \( \sqrt{s}=8 \) TeV and \( \sqrt{s}=13 \) TeV. We combine all available ATLAS and CMS constraints with the other relevant theoretical and experimental bounds and present...

Abstract A search for a heavy right-handed W boson (WR) decaying to a heavy right-handed neutrino and a charged lepton in events with two same-flavor leptons (e or μ) and two jets, is presented. The analysis is based on proton-proton collision data, collected by the CMS Collaboration at the LHC in 2016 and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb−1. No significant...

Abstract We study the electroweak phase transition in the alignment limit of the CP-conserving two-Higgs-doublet model (2HDM) of Type I and Type II. The effective potential is evaluated at one-loop, where the thermal potential includes Daisy corrections and is reliably approximated by means of a sum of Bessel functions. Both 1-stage and 2-stage electroweak phase transitions are...

Abstract We allow two independent flavor contractions for the operator \( {\mathcal{Q}}_{ll} \) in the U(3)5 flavor symmetric limit and report modified fit results in this limit.

Abstract We discuss the dynamics and phenomenology of an oscillating scalar field coupled to the Higgs boson that accounts for the dark matter in the Universe. The model assumes an underlying scale invariance such that the scalar field only acquires mass after the electroweak phase transition, behaving as dark radiation before the latter takes place. While for a positive coupling...