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A definition of primary operators in $J\bar T$deformed CFTs
by Monica Guica
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Authors (as registered SciPost users):  Monica Guica 
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Preprint Link:  https://arxiv.org/abs/2112.14736v2 (pdf) 
Date accepted:  20220531 
Date submitted:  20220214 06:18 
Submitted by:  Guica, Monica 
Submitted to:  SciPost Physics 
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Academic field:  Physics 
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Approach:  Theoretical 
Abstract
$J\bar T$deformed CFTs provide an interesting example of nonlocal, yet UVcomplete twodimensional QFTs that are entirely solvable. They have been recently shown to possess an infinite set of symmetries, which are a continuous deformation of the VirasoroKacMoody symmetries of the seed CFT. In this article, we put forth a definition of primary operators in $J\bar T$deformed CFTs on a cylinder, which are singled out by having CFTlike momentumspace commutation relations with the symmetry generators in the decompatification limit. We show  based on results we first derive for the case of $J^1 \wedge J^2$deformed CFTs  that all correlation functions of such operators in the $J\bar T$deformed CFT can be computed exactly in terms of the correlation functions of the undeformed CFT and are crossing symmetric in the plane limit. In particular, two and threepoint functions are simply given by the corresponding momentumspace correlator in the undeformed CFT, with all dimensions replaced by particular momentumdependent conformal dimensions. Interestingly, scattering amplitudes off the nearhorizon of extremal black holes are known to take a strikingly similar form.
Published as SciPost Phys. 13, 045 (2022)
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Report #2 by Anonymous (Referee 2) on 2022510 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:2112.14736v2, delivered 20220510, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.5059
Strengths
1) The author proposes a definition for the notion of primary operators in the JJbar and JTbar deformed CFTs
2) The author computes some correlation functions of these operators and draws comparisons with the existing literature
3) The article is well structured, clear in its scope, and exhausting in its arguments and derivations
Weaknesses
1) The reader can be easily confused by both the length of certain formulae and the notation which can be somewhat obscure in places
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I believe this work satisfies the acceptance criteria of this journal and support its publication.
Report #1 by Anonymous (Referee 1) on 202239 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:2112.14736v2, delivered 20220309, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.4650
Strengths
1) New definition of operators in the $J{\bar T}$deformed CFTs, which satisfy nice properties under the symmetry algebra
2) Computation of correlators of these operators on the plane
3) Clearly written with a detailed review of the wellunderstood $J{\bar J}$deformation that motivates the construction
Weaknesses
1) The definition of the operators does not follow from any first principles, though it satisfies many nice properties
2) The computations are done in a mixed formalism which starts from the cylinder but does the computations only in the infinite radius limit, it would be nicer to either compute precisely on the cylinder or to phrase everything directly on the plane
Report
The paper suggests a definition of operators in $J{\bar T}$deformed theories that transform nicely under the symmetry algebra of these theories (that was analyzed in detail in previous works by the author), and computes their correlation functions on the plane, with relatively simple results expressed as a shift in the conformal dimensions of the operators. The paper starts from an analysis of $J{\bar J}$deformed theories, which are standard CFTs where the operators and correlators are wellunderstood, but which can also be analyzed in a language that can be generalized for $J{\bar T}$ deformations. The paper is clearly written and the results are nice and reasonable, in particular the advantages and disadvantages of the construction are described very clearly. I am happy to recommend the publication of this interesting paper in SciPost Physics.
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