The superconformal index of the (2,0) theory with defects

  • Mathew Bullimore
  • Hee-Cheol KimEmail author
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We compute the supersymmetric partition function of the six-dimensional (2, 0) theory of type A N −1 on S 1 × S 5 in the presence of both codimension two and codimension four defects. We concentrate on a limit of the partition function depending on a single parameter. From the allowed supersymmetric configurations of defects we find a precise match with the characters of irreducible modules of W N algebras and affine Lie algebras of type A N −1.


Supersymmetric gauge theory Brane Dynamics in Gauge Theories Field Theories in Higher Dimensions M-Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Advanced StudyPrincetonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Perimeter Institute for Theoretical PhysicsWaterlooCanada

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