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Regular Seminar Niall MacKay (York)
When an integrable quantum field theory in one space dimension has a Lie group symmetry, the Lie algebra is typically embedded in a larger algebra called a Yangian. When one adds a boundary which preserves integrability, this is extended to a (generalized) twisted Yangian. We explain the role of these algebras in physics, and in particular recent work by MacKay and Regelskis which uncovers their governing role in the scattering of worldsheet excitations off D-branes in the AdS/CFT correspondence.
Regular Seminar Niall MacKay (University of York)
We review the role played by the Yangian symmetry generated by non-local charges in a range of integrable models, and in particular the non-linear sigma models, describing briefly the representation theory of the Yangian and its implications for physics. We explain how an integrable boundary naturally reduces this to a 'twisted Yangian' symmetry.