On geometric classification of 5d SCFTs

  • Patrick Jefferson
  • Sheldon Katz
  • Hee-Cheol KimEmail author
  • Cumrun Vafa
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We formulate geometric conditions necessary for engineering 5d superconformal field theories (SCFTs) via M-theory compactification on a local Calabi-Yau 3-fold. Extending the classification of the rank 1 cases, which are realized geometrically as shrinking del Pezzo surfaces embedded in a 3-fold, we propose an exhaustive classification of local 3-folds engineering rank 2 SCFTs in 5d. This systematic classification confirms that all rank 2 SCFTs predicted using gauge theoretic arguments can be realized as consistent theories, with the exception of one family which is shown to be non-perturbatively inconsistent and thereby ruled out by geometric considerations. We find that all rank 2 SCFTs descend from 6d (1,0) SCFTs compactified on a circle possibly twisted with an automorphism together with holonomies for global symmetries around the Kaluza-Klein circle. These results support our conjecture that every 5d SCFT can be obtained from the circle compactification of some parent 6d (1,0) SCFT.


Conformal Field Models in String Theory Differential and Algebraic Geometry Field Theories in Higher Dimensions Supersymmetry and Duality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Jefferson
    • 1
  • Sheldon Katz
    • 2
  • Hee-Cheol Kim
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Cumrun Vafa
    • 1
  1. 1.Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaU.S.A.
  3. 3.Department of Physics, POSTECHPohangKorea

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