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Maths HEP Lunchtime Seminars: (2,0) Supersymmetry and the Light-cone description of M5-branes

Presented by Paul Richmond, King's College

3 February 2012 13:00 in CM221

The M5-brane remains a mysterious object. Its worldvolume
description is known to arise from a six-dimensional CFT with (2,0)
supersymmetry. However, very little is known about six-dimensional
quantum field theories. In this talk I will outline work to construct a
non-Abelian system of equations that furnish a representation of the
(2,0) supersymmetry tensor multiplet. The resulting on-shell conditions
lead to a novel system of equations which propagate in one null and four
space directions. Following more recent work, I will then show how these
equations reduce to motion on instanton moduli space. Subsequently
quantising the system leads directly to a previous light-cone proposal
of the (2,0) theory.

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