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A universal formula for the density of states in theories with finite-group symmetry

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 12:00pm -
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Speaker: Daniel Harlow (MIT)

Abstract: In this paper we use Euclidean gravity to derive a simple formula for the density of black hole microstates which transform in each irreducible representation of any finite gauge group. Since each representation appears with nonzero density, thisgives a new proof of the completeness hypothesis for finite gauge fields. Inspired by the generality of the argument we further propose that the formula applies at high energy in any quantum field theory with a finite-group global symmetry, and give some evidence for this conjecture.

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