Study programme 2022-2023Français
Higher spin symmetry in conformal field theory
Programme component of Master's in Physics à la Faculty of Science

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M2-SCPHYS-071-MOptional UESKVORTSOV EvgenyS827 - Physique de l'Univers, Champs et Gravitation
  • SKVORTSOV Evgeny

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Anglais
Anglais15000044.002nd term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
S-PHYS-090Higher spin symmetry in conformal field theory150000Q2100.00%

Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Master expertise.
    • Have developed the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous cycle to a level that extends beyond the Bachelor's course in Physics, and which provides the basis for the development and implementation of original ideas in a professional context.
    • Have acquired knowledge and a thorough understanding of specialist areas of physics in connection with mathematics and/or advanced laboratory practices required for these sectors.
    • Have reached a level of knowledge and skill giving them access to the third cycle of the study programme / doctoral studies (only for two-year Master courses).

Learning Outcomes of UE

The main goals are: to show that second order phase transitions are described by conformal field theories, which is a special class of quantum field theories that, nevertheless, plays a fundamental role in the study of QFT themselves; to explain that certain simple conformal field theories have an infinite dimensional symmetry - higher spin symmetry - that completely fixes correlation functions; review Chern-Simons vector models and the recently discovered dualities therein.

UE Content: description and pedagogical relevance

Second order phase transitions, Landau theory; Conformal symmetry and universality; Basics of conformal field theories; High spin symmetry; Chern-Simons vector models and three-dimensional bosonization duality

Prior Experience

basics of quantum field theory and group theory

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face-to-face

Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-090[1] Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics Series: Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics, John Cardy, University of Oxford
[2] TASI Lectures on the Conformal Bootstrap, David Simmons-Duffin,
[ 3] S. Rychkov, EPFL Lectures on Conformal Field Theory in D>=3 Dimensions, .

Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-090Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-PHYS-090Not applicable

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

Term 2 Assessment - type

AAType(s) and mode(s) of Q2 assessment
  • Oral examination - Face-to-face

Term 2 Assessment - comments

AATerm 2 Assessment - comments
S-PHYS-090Continuous evaluation throughout the term, completed with a final, oral presentation

Term 3 Assessment - type

AAType(s) and mode(s) of Q3 assessment
  • Oral examination - Face-to-face

Term 3 Assessment - comments

AATerm 3 Assessment - comments
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de dernière mise à jour de la fiche ECTS par l'enseignant : 09/06/2022
Date de dernière génération automatique de la page : 03/02/2023
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