BMS Symmetry in Three Dimensions



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Abstract

In this talk I will sketch the relation between unitary representations of the BMS3 group and three-dimensional, asymptotically flat gravity. More precisely, after giving an exact definition of the BMS group in three dimensions, I will argue that its unitary representations are classified by orbits of CFT stress tensors under conformal transformations. These stress tensors, in turn, can be interpreted as Bondi mass aspects for asymptotically flat metrics. I will also show how one can compute characters of the BMS3 group, which coincide with suitable gravitational one-loop partition functions