String-Math Seminar: Coulomb branch integrals and mock modular forms

Seminar | October 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Georgios Korpas, Trinity College Dublin & University of Athens

 Department of Mathematics

We revisit Donaldson-Witten theory, that is the \(N=2\) topologically twisted super Yang-Mills theory with gauge group \(SU(2)\) or \(SO(3)\) on compact 4-manifolds. We study the effective action in the Coulomb branch of the theory and by considering a specific \(Q\)-exact deformation to the theory we find interesting connections to mock modular forms. A specific operator of this theory computes the famous Donaldson invariants and our analysis makes their computation more accessible than previously. We also extend these ideas to the case of ramified Donaldson-Witten theory, that is the theory in the presence of embedded surfaces. Our results make calculations of correlation functions of Coulomb branch operators more trackable and we hope that they can help in the search of new 4-manifold invariants. Based on collaborations with Jan Manschot, Greg Moore and Iurii Nidaiev.