Instantons, symmetries and anomalies in five dimensions

2 November 2020
Pietro Benetti Genolini

All five-dimensional non-abelian gauge theories have a U(1)U(1)I​U(1) global symmetry associated with instantonic particles. I will describe a mixed ’t Hooft anomaly between this and other global symmetries of  the theory, namely the one-form center symmetry or ordinary flavor symmetry for theories with fundamental matter. I will explore some general dynamical properties of the candidate phases implied by the anomaly, and apply our results to supersymmetric gauge theories in five dimensions, analysing the symmetry enhancement patterns occurring at their conjectured RG fixed points.

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