Starts 16 Oct 2018 11:00

Ends 16 Oct 2018 12:00

Central European Time

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Joint ICTP/SISSA Statistical Physics Seminar: Walking, Weakly First Order Phase Transitions and Complex CFTs

Starts 16 Oct 2018 11:00

Ends 16 Oct 2018 12:00

Central European Time

SISSA, Via Bonomea 265, room 004

I will discuss walking behavior in gauge theories and weakly first order phase transition in statistical models. Despite being phenomena appearing in very different physical systems, they both show a region of approximate scale invariance. They can be understood as a theory passing between two fixed points living at complex couplings, which we call complex CFTs. By using conformal perturbation theory, knowing the conformal data of the complex CFTs allows us to make predictions on the observables of the walking theory. As an example, I will discuss the two dimensional Q-state Potts model with Q>4.