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Ye, Ke (2018) A Symphony of Supersymmetry and Geometry: Invariants, Dualities and Chiral Rings. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/K2K29790. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:05032018153255038
Abstract
The present dissertation discusses aspects of supersymmetric quantum field theory, whose main themes are twofolded. First, we explore connections between superconformal theories in various dimensions and geometric invariants. Such correspondence arises from compactification of string theory or Mtheory, which encodes geometric quantities into physical observables. Second, we study in detail the chiral rings and their quantum corrections in certain supersymmetric gauge theory. The goal is to shed some light on the hitherto mysterious electricmagnetic dualities.
We first consider M5 brane on the product manifold L(k, 1) × M_{3}, where M_{3} = L(p, 1). Compactification on L(p, 1) gives rise to three dimensional theory T[L(p, 1)] whose partition function, according to 3d3d correspondence, is equivalent to ChernSimons invariants with complex gauge group on L(p, 1). We test the statement in Chapter 2 by taking k = 0 and calculating the supersymmetric index. We find a full agreement between two seemingly distinct quantities. In particular, when p = 1, we see the familiar S^{3} partition function of ChernSimons theory arises from the index of a free theory.
We then move on in Chapter 3 to consider M_{3} = S^{1} × Σ, and twisted compactification on general Riemann surface Σ with tame punctures. The twisted partition function of lens space theory T[L(k, 1)] on S^{1} × Σ computes the graded dimension of the Hilbert space after geometrically quantizing Hitchin moduli space M_{H}, dubbed as "tame Hitchin characters" or "equivariant Verlinde formula". We show that this quantity can be computed from the "Coulomb branch index" of the class S theory T[Σ] on L(k, 1) × S^{1}. The gauge groups on two sides of the equivalence are naturally G and the Langlands dual group ^{L}G. We check explicitly the relation for G = SU(2) or SO(3). We also consider more general case where G is SU(N) or PSU(N) and show that the SU(N) equivariant Verlinde formula can be derived using field theory via (generalized) ArgyresSeiberg duality.
As a further application, in Chapter 4 we use Coulomb branch indices of ArgyresDouglas theories on S^{1} × L(k, 1) to quantize moduli spaces M_{H} of wild/irregular Hitchin systems. We obtain the "wild Hitchin characters", and observe that the characters can always be written as a sum over fixed points in M_{H} under the U(1) Hitchin action, and a limit of them can be identified with matrix elements of the vii modular transform ST^{k}S in certain vertex operator algebras. The appearance of vertex operator algebras, which was known previously to be associated with Schur operators but not Coulomb branch operators, is somewhat surprising.
The BPS spectrum of superconformal theories probe the geometry of Hitchin moduli space. Conversely, physical data of superconformal theories can be read off from Hitchin moduli space as well. We study this dictionary in Chapter 5 for general ArgyresDouglas theories and obtain a refined classification. We also discuss the Sduality of these theories, and find that the weakly coupled descriptions are given by the degeneration limit of auxiliary Riemann sphere with marked points.
Finally, in Chapter 6, we analyze classical and quantum chiral ring relations of four dimensional N = 1 adjoint SQCD with superpotential turned on for the adjoint field. In particular, for the mass deformed theory we obtain the complete onshell vacuum expectation value for various gauge invariant chiral operators and find non trivial gaugino condensations. We argue that the solution of the chiral ring is in onetoone correspondence with supersymmetric vacua, provided that an additional Konishi anomaly equation is included.
Item Type:  Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))  

Subject Keywords:  Supersymmetry; String Theory; ChernSimons Theory; 3d3d Correspondence; Hitchin Moduli Space; Geometric Quantization; Verlinde Formula; Vertex Operator Algebra; Sduality; Conformal Field Theory; Chiral Rings  
Degree Grantor:  California Institute of Technology  
Division:  Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy  
Major Option:  Physics  
Thesis Availability:  Public (worldwide access)  
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Group:  Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics  
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Defense Date:  23 April 2018  
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Record Number:  CaltechTHESIS:05032018153255038  
Persistent URL:  https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:05032018153255038  
DOI:  10.7907/K2K29790  
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ID Code:  10844  
Collection:  CaltechTHESIS  
Deposited By:  Ke Ye  
Deposited On:  22 May 2018 21:21  
Last Modified:  04 Oct 2019 00:20 
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