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Bootstrapping traceless symmetric $O(N)$ scalars

by Marten Reehorst, Maria Refinetti, Alessandro Vichi

Submission summary

Authors (as Contributors): Marten Reehorst
Submission information
Preprint link: scipost_202207_00037v2
Date accepted: 2023-01-10
Date submitted: 2022-11-23 16:24
Submitted by: Reehorst, Marten
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Ontological classification
Academic field: Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Theory
  • High-Energy Physics - Theory
Approaches: Theoretical, Computational


We use numerical bootstrap techniques to study correlation functions of traceless symmetric tensors of $O(N)$ with two indexes $t_{ij}$. We obtain upper bounds on operator dimensions for all the relevant representations and several values of $N$. We discover several families of kinks, which do not correspond to any known model and we discuss possible candidates. We then specialize to the case $N=4$, which has been conjectured to describe a phase transition in the antiferromagnetic real projective model ARP$^{3}$. Lattice simulations provide strong evidence for the existence of a second order phase transition, while an effective field theory approach does not predict any fixed point. We identify a set of assumptions that constrain operator dimensions to a closed region overlapping with the lattice prediction. The region is still present after pushing the numerics in the single correlator case or when considering a mixed system involving $t$ and the lowest dimension scalar singlet.

Current status:
Accepted in target Journal

Editorial decision: For Journal SciPost Physics: Publish
(status: Editorial decision fixed and (if required) accepted by authors)

Author comments upon resubmission

We made the final changes requested by Marco Serone in section 1.3

List of changes

Changed the example barion-like state and added footnote 5.

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