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Self-dual N=4 theories in four dimensions



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Abstract

Known N=4 theories in four dimensions are characterized by a choice of gauge group, and in some cases some "discrete theta angles", as classified by Aharony, Seiberg and Tachikawa. I will review how this data, for the theories with algebra su(N), is encoded in various familiar realizations of the theory, in particular in the holographic AdS_5 \times S^5 dual and in the compactification of the (2,0) A_N theory on T^2. I will then show how the resulting structure, given by a choice of polarization of an appropriate cohomology group, admits additional choices that, unlike known theories, generically preserve SL(2,Z) invariance in four dimensions.