Physics Club: Shu-Heng Shao, Stony Brook University, Generalized Global Symmetries

Event time: 
Monday, September 26, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory SPL, Room 57 See map
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Shu-Heng Shao, Stony Brook University
Event description: 

Generalized Global Symmetries
Symmetry has proven to be of fundamental importance for describing Nature. I will discuss recent developments in various generalizations of global symmetries and their applications in quantum field theory, condensed matter physics, and quantum gravity. These new global symmetries exist ubiquitously in a variety of quantum systems, ranging from the Ising model, to topological phases of anyons and fractons, and even to the Standard Model. These generalized symmetries can have generalized anomalies, which lead to nontrivial dynamical consequences on renormalization group flows. In the case of fractons and related exotic lattice models in condensed matter physics, the generalized global symmetry results in a surprising UV/IR mixing. Finally, a new global symmetry in QCD provides an alternative explanation for the neutral pion decay in the real world.