Argyres-Douglas theories, chiral algebras and wild Hitchin characters

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  • Laura Fredrickson, Stanford University, Stanford, California
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  • Du Pei
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  • Wenbin Yan, Tsinghua University, Harvard University, Harvard University Jefferson Physical Laboratory
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  • Ke Ye, California Institute of Technology

We use Coulomb branch indices of Argyres-Douglas theories on S1 × L(k, 1) to quantize moduli spaces ℳ H of wild/irregular Hitchin systems. In particular, we obtain formulae for the “wild Hitchin characters” — the graded dimensions of the Hilbert spaces from quantization — for four infinite families of ℳ H, giving access to many interesting geometric and topological data of these moduli spaces. We observe that the wild Hitchin 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 modular transform STkS in certain two-dimensional chiral algebras. Although naturally fitting into the geometric Langlands program, the appearance of chiral algebras, which was known previously to be associated with Schur operators but not Coulomb branch operators, is somewhat surprising.

Original languageEnglish
Article number150
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

    Research areas

  • Conformal Field Theory, Differential and Algebraic Geometry, Supersymmetry and Duality

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