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## Idea

The conformal bootstrap program (Belavin-Polyakov-Zamolofchikov 84) is an attempt to construct and classify conformal field theories non-perturbatively by axiomatizing the properties of their operator product expansion/correlation functions.

The conformal bootstrap was proposed in the 1970s as a strategy for calculating the properties of second-order phase transitions. After spectacular success elucidating two-dimensional systems, little progress was made on systems in higher dimensions until a recent renaissance beginning in 2008 (Poland-Simmons-Duffin 16).

The generalization of the conformal bootstrap to superconformal field theories has the potential to provide, via AdS/CFT, a precise and detailed construction of large-N and asymptotically AdS string/M-theory.

## References

### Superconformal bootstrap

• Shai M. Chester, Eric Perlmutter, M-Theory Reconstruction from $(2,0)$ CFT and the Chiral Algebra Conjecture (arXiv:1805.00892)