Renormalization group defects for boundary flows

Anatoly Konechny*

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Recently, Gaiotto (2012 arXiv: 1201.0767) considered conformal defects which produce an expansion of infrared local fields in terms of the ultraviolet (UV) ones for a given renormalization group flow. In this paper, we propose that for a boundary RG flow in two dimensions there exist boundary condition changing fields (RG defect fields) linking the UV and the infrared (IR) conformal boundary conditions which carry similar information on the expansion of boundary fields at the fixed points. We propose an expression for a pairing between IR and UV operators in terms of a four-point function with two insertions of the RG defect fields. For the boundary flows in minimal models triggered by psi(13) perturbation, we make an explicit proposal for the RG defect fields. We check our conjecture by a number of calculations done for the example of (p, 2) -> (p - 1, 1) circle plus (p + 1, 1) flows.

Original languageEnglish
Article number145401
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2013




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