Aspects of symmetric product orbifolds

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09120018

Abstract

In the context of AdS/CFT correspondence the AdS_3/CFT_2 instance of the duality stands apart from other well studied cases, like AdS_5/CFT_4 or AdS_4/CFT_3. One of the reasons is that the CFT side of this duality is not a theory of matrices but rather a two dimensional orbifold based on the group of permutations. In this talk we will discuss some aspects of this theory. In particular a diagrammatic language, akin to Feynman diagrams used for gauge theories, will be developed. Moreover, we will compute a large set of protected quantities in a certain symmetric product orbifold CFT, and show that these are elegantly given in terms of Hurwitz numbers.