Uniqueness of open/closed rational CFT with given algebra of open states. (English) Zbl 1151.81034

Summary: We study the sewing constraints for rational two-dimensional conformal field theory on oriented surfaces with possibly nonempty boundary. The boundary condition is taken to be the same on all segments of the boundary. The following uniqueness result is established: for a solution to the sewing constraints with nondegenerate closed state vacuum and nondegenerate two-point correlators of boundary fields on the disk and of bulk fields on the sphere, up to equivalence all correlators are uniquely determined by the one-, two- and three-point correlators on the disk. Thus for any such theory every consistent collection of correlators can be obtained by the topological field theory approach of our papers TFT construction of RCFT correlators I: partition functions and TFT construction of RCFT correlators V: Proof of modular invariance and factorisation. As morphisms of the category of world sheets we include not only homeomorphisms, but also sewings; interpreting the correlators as a natural transformation then encodes covariance both under homeomorphisms and under sewings of world sheets.


81T30 String and superstring theories; other extended objects (e.g., branes) in quantum field theory
81T40 Two-dimensional field theories, conformal field theories, etc. in quantum mechanics
83E30 String and superstring theories in gravitational theory
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