String Theory Seminars

Chern-Simons theories on generic three manifolds and matrix models (Quatum Spacetime Seminar Series)

by Prof. Suvankar Dutta (IISER, Bhopal)

Monday, March 25, 2019 from to (Asia/Kolkata)
at A 304
We shall discuss Chern-Simons (CS) theories with rank N and level k on generic three manifold. The partition functions of such theories can be written as a function of modular transformation matrices summed over different integrable representations of affine Lie algebra u(N)k. Using properties of modular transform matrices we express the partition functions of these theories as a unitary matrix model. We show that, the eigenvalues of unitary matrices are discrete and proportional to hook lengths of the corresponding integrable Young diagram. As a result, in the large N limit, the eigenvalue density develops an upper cap. We consider CS theory on S2 × S1 coupled with fundamental matters and express the partition functions in terms of modular transformation matrices. Solving this model at large N we find the dominant integrable representations and show how large N representations are related to each other by transposition of Young diagrams as a result of level rank duality. Next we consider U(N) CS theory on S3 and observed that in a particular framing the dominant representation is no longer an integrable representation after a critical value of ’t Hooft coupling. We also show that CS on S3 admits multiple (two-gap phase) large N phases with the same free energy.