Séminaire de Physique Théorique

Surface defects and instanton-vortex moduli spaces

par Prof. Bruno Le Floch (Princeton)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane (IHES)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane


35, route de Chartres, F-91440 Bures-sur-Yvette (France)

Instantons on R4, namely anti-self-dual Yang-Mills connections, are in bijection with framed locally free sheaves on CP2. Ramified instantons have an imposed singularity along R2 in R4 that translates to a parabolic structure along a CP1 divisor, or equivalently to a cyclic orbifold.  Such a singularity (Gukov-Witten defect) can be obtained in 4d N=2 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory by adding 2d N=(2,2) degrees of freedom on R2, and gauging a global symmetry of the 2d theory using the R2 restriction of the 4d gauge connection.  The moduli space of ramified instantons should thus be related to a moduli space of instanton-vortex configurations of the 4d-2d pair of gauge theories.  I propose an incomplete definition of the latter moduli space by fibering (over the instanton moduli space) a recent description of the vortex moduli space as based maps to the Higgs branch stack.  As evidence I compare Nekrasov partition functions, namely equivariant integrals over these moduli spaces.  The equality relies on Jeffrey-Kirwan technology, applicable thanks to the ADHM construction of the moduli spaces as Kähler quotients.

Your browser is out of date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now