Lecture 1: Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 11:00 AM
Lecture 2: Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 11:00 AM
Lecture 3: Thursday, 13 December 2018, 10:00 AM
In this series of lectures we will discuss in detail a procedure to generate a vast number of minimally supersymmetric field theories in four dimensions starting from six dimensions. The procedure involves choosing a six dimensional model, a two dimensional geometry, and values for background fields. Different choices lead to a huge variety of theories in four dimensions. Many of otherwise surprising properties of four dimensional models can be understood and predicted using such a construction once a map between six and four dimensions is established. Such properties include for example IR symmetry enhancement and duality. We will discuss in detail both the physical principles and the computational tools to address such constructions. We will discuss in particular the compactifications of the E-string theory and minimal CFTs in six dimensions. Several rather simple examples of novel symmetry enhancements and dualities will be derived.