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Resurgence in Supersymmetric
Localisable Quantum Field Theories

GLASS, PHILIP,EDWARD (2020) Resurgence in Supersymmetric
Localisable Quantum Field Theories.
Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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In this thesis we consider the application of resurgence and Picard-Lefschetz theory
to supersymmetric localisable quantum field theories in 2, 3 and 4 dimensions. We consider two
problems. First, in the theories we study, observables can be calculated exactly using localization
methods, and written in the form of a transseries. However in each non-perturbative sector,
the associated perturbation series is not asymptotic, seemingly rendering the application of
resurgence theory impossible. This problem is solved by deploying a Cheshire Cat analysis;
we slightly deform the theory rendering the series asymptotic, perform a resurgence analysis
in the deformed theory, and analytically continue the deformation back to 0, returning the
non-perturbative data in the undeformed theories. This is achieved in N=(2,2) theories
in 2 dimensions, and N=2 theories in 3 dimensions. Comments are made about how we
might generalize this to 4 dimensional theories. The second problem is the disappearance of
the resurgence triangle structure in N = 2 theories on a 3-sphere. This structure is recovered
by means of introducing a complex squashing parameter, uncovering a hidden topological angle
present in the theory. Finally, in the two above mentioned theories and N = 2 theories in 4
dimensions, a method is given for how to combine a resurgence analysis with additional nonperturbative structures present in these theories to compute non-perturbative contributions with
different topological charge from the perturbative data.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Quantum field theory, Resurgence, Non-perturbative physics, Supersymmetry, Supersymmetric Localisation
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Science > Mathematical Sciences, Department of
Thesis Date:2020
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:14 Jul 2020 10:18

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