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KdV charges in TTbar theories and new models with super-Hagedorn behavior

by Bruno Le Floch and Márk Mezei

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As Contributors: Bruno Le Floch
Preprint link: scipost_201907_00001v1
Date accepted: 2019-09-19
Date submitted: 2019-07-06
Submitted by: Le Floch, Bruno
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Discipline: Physics
Subject area: High-Energy Physics - Theory
Approach: Theoretical

Abstract

Two-dimensional CFTs and integrable models have an infinite set of conserved KdV higher spin currents. These currents can be argued to remain conserved under the $T\bar{T}$ deformation and its generalizations. We determine the flow equations the KdV charges obey under the $T\bar{T}$ deformation: they behave as probes ``riding the Burgers flow'' of the energy eigenvalues. We also study a Lorentz-breaking $T_{s+1}\bar{T}$ deformation built from a KdV current and the stress tensor, and find a super-Hagedorn growth of the density of states.

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Conformal field theory (CFT)

Published as SciPost Phys. 7, 043 (2019)




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Anonymous Report 3 on 2019-9-12 Invited Report

  • Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_201907_00001v1, delivered 2019-09-12, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1169

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The manuscript contains two main results: the operator-language derivation of the formula for the expectation values of KdV charges in $T\bar T$ deformed theories and the derivation of the zero-momentum energy spectrum in theories deformed by certain bilinears of KdV currents. I agree with the previous referees that this paper should be published in its present form. It contains several technically challenging calculations and the authors have developed some interesting novel techniques to perform them.

The only thing that made me slightly uncomfortable is the way the authors refer to [5,57]. It is true that there the evolution equation for KdV charges was performed using integrability, however, in this case it does not make the derivation less general. The reason is that, under rather mild assumptions, existence of a single higher spin charge leads to existence of infinitely many and hence integrability. Thus results of [5,57] couldn't have been a "miracle of some special models". I do not think that this fact reduces the value of the present paper in any way. Direct operator-language derivation presented here is of its own interest, Independently of the previous results that rely on heavy integrability machinery.

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Author Bruno Le Floch on 2019-09-26
(in reply to Report 3 on 2019-09-12)
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Thank you for the report. In the proofs we clarified our reference to [5,57] by a footnote, in which we explain that having infinitely many conserved charges does not make the theory integrable in the sense that dynamics of the theory would be completely fixed by symmetries. For instance it is expected that a generic CFT is non-integrable, despite the scarcity of explicit examples.

Anonymous Report 2 on 2019-8-16 Invited Report

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This is a highly professional, well-written paper. The results on the super-Hagedorn behaviour of the integrable perturbations which break the Lorentz invariance are original and interesting. I do recommend this paper for publication.

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Anonymous Report 1 on 2019-7-27 Invited Report

  • Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_201907_00001v1, delivered 2019-07-27, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1078

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This paper represents a useful and important addition to the literature on TTbar. In particular it addresses some open questions in the earlier paper of Smirnov and Zamolodchikov about the fate of the higher spin 'KdV' conserved charges in a CFT. The authors find a beautiful result that they are slave to the TTbar flow in the same way that a passive scalar follows the Burgers flow. They also discuss other related deformations and the non-Lorentz invariant case.

The paper is very thorough if rather dense, and I have no suggestions for improvements.

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