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M-theory on nodal Calabi-Yau 3-folds and torsion refined GV-invariants

December 11, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Algebraic Geometry in String Theory Seminar

Speaker: Thorsten Schimannek (Utrecht University)

Title: M-theory on nodal Calabi-Yau 3-folds and torsion refined GV-invariants

Abstract: The physics of M-theory and Type IIA strings on a projective nodal CY 3-folds is determined by the geometry of a small resolution, even if the latter is not Kähler. We will demonstrate this explicitly in the context of a family of Calabi-Yau double covers of P^3. Using conifold transitions, we prove that the exceptional curves in any small resolution are torsion while M-theory develops a discrete gauge symmetry.This leads to a torsion refinement of the ordinary Gopakumar-Vafa invariants, that is associated to the singular Calabi-Yau and captures the enumerative geometry of the non-Kähler resolutions. We further argue that twisted circle compactifications of the 5d theory are dual to IIA compactifications on the nodal CY 3-fold with a flat but topologically non-trivial B-field. As a result, the torsion refined invariants are encoded in the topological string partition functions with different choices for the global topology of a flat B-field.

The talk is based on 2108.09311, 2212.08655 (with S. Katz, A. Klemm, and E. Sharpe) and 2307.00047 (with S. Katz).


December 11, 2023
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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