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Integration over the u-plane in Donaldson theory with surface operators

Tan, Meng-Chwan (2011) Integration over the u-plane in Donaldson theory with surface operators. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2011 (5). Art. No. 007. ISSN 1126-6708.

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We generalize the analysis by Moore and Witten in [hep-th/9709193], and consider integration over the u-plane in Donaldson theory with surface operators on a smooth four-manifold X. Several novel aspects will be developed in the process; like a physical interpretation of the “ramified” Donaldson and Seiberg-Witten invariants, and the concept of curved surface operators which are necessarily topological at the outset. Elegant physical proofs — rooted in R-anomaly cancellations and modular invariance over the u-plane — of various seminal results in four-dimensional geometric topology obtained by Kronheimer-Mrowka [1, 2] — such as a universal formula relating the “ramified” and ordinary Donaldson invariants, and a generalization of the celebrated Thom conjecture — will be furnished. Wall-crossing and blow-up formulas of these “ramified” invariants which have not been computed in the mathematical literature before, as well as a generalization and a Seiberg-Witten analog of the universal formula as implied by an electric-magnetic duality of trivially-embedded surface operators in X, will also be presented, among other things.

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Additional Information:© 2011 SISSA. Received: March 7, 2011. Accepted: April 21, 2011. Published: May 2, 2011. I would like to thank S. Gukov, G. Moore, N. Seiberg, P. Sulkowski, K. Vyas and especially C. LeBrun and T.S. Mrowka, for illuminating exchanges. This work is supported by the California Institute of Technology and the NUS-Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship.
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Subject Keywords:Supersymmetric gauge theory – Duality in Gauge Field Theories – Differential and Algebraic Geometry – Topological Field Theories
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Official Citation:Integration over the u-plane in Donaldson theory with surface operators Meng-Chwan Tan
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