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An Algebro-Geometric Approach to Twisted Indices of Supersymmetric Gauge Theories

XU, GUANGYU (2022) An Algebro-Geometric Approach to Twisted Indices of Supersymmetric Gauge Theories. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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This thesis studies the algebro-geometric aspects of supersymmetric abelian gauge theories in three dimensions. The supersymmetric vacua are demonstrated to exhibit a window phenomenon in Chern-Simons levels, which is analogous to the window phenomenon in quantum K-theory with level structures. This correspondence between three-dimensional gauge theories and quantum K-theory is investigated from the perspectives of semi-classical vacua, twisted chiral rings, and twisted indices. In particular, the twisted index admits an algebro-geometric interpretation as the supersymmetric index of an effective quantum mechanics. Via supersymmetric localisation, the contributions from both topological and vortex saddle points are shown to agree with the Jeffrey-Kirwan contour integral formula. The algebro-geometric construction of Chern-Simons contributions to the twisted index from determinant line bundles provides a natural connection with quantum K-theory.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Supersymmetry, Gauge Theory, Quantum K-Theory, Twisted Index
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Science > Mathematical Sciences, Department of
Thesis Date:2022
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:31 Oct 2022 09:52

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