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Abstract We consider compactifications of very Higgsable 6d\( \mathcal{N} \)=(1, 0) SCFTs on T2 with non-trivial Stiefel-Whitney classes (or equivalently ’t Hooft magnetic fluxes) introduced for their flavor symmetry groups. These systems can also be studied as twisted S1 compactifications of the corresponding 5d theories. We deduce various properties of the resulting 4d...

Abstract We perform a study of time reversal symmetry of abelian anyons \( \mathcal{A} \) in 2+1 dimensions, in the spin structure independent cases. We will find the importance of the group \( \mathcal{C} \) of time-reversal-symmetric anyons modulo anyons composed from an anyon and its time reversal. Possible choices of local Kramers degeneracy are given by quadratic refinements...

Abstract We point out that the USp symmetry associated to a full twisted puncture of a class S theory of type Aeven has the global anomaly associated to π4(USp) = ℤ2. We discuss manifestations of this fact in the context of the superconformal field theory R2,2N introduced by Chacaltana, Distler and Trimm. For example, we find that this theory can be thought of as a natural...

Abstract We study the interpretation of O7+-planes in F-theory, mainly in the context of the six-dimensional models. In particular, we study how to assign gauge algebras and matter content to seven-branes and their intersections, and the implication of anomaly cancellation in our construction, generalizing earlier analyses without any O7+-planes. By including O7+-planes we can...

The anomaly polynomial of a theory can involve not only curvature two-forms of the flavor symmetry background but also two-forms on the space of coupling constants. As an example, we point out that there is a mixed anomaly between the R-symmetry and the topology of the space of exactly marginal couplings of class S theories. Using supersymmetry, we translate this anomaly to the K...

We point out that we can almost always determine by the anomaly matching the full anomaly polynomial of a supersymmetric theory in 2d, 4d or 6d if we assume that its Higgs branch is the one-instanton moduli space of some group G. This method not only provides by far the simplest method to compute the central charges of known theories of this class, e.g. 4d E 6,7,8 theories of...

Abstract We consider the 6d superconformal field theory realized on M5-branes probing the E 8 end-of-the-world brane on the deformed and resolved ℂ 2/ℤ k singularity. We give an explicit algorithm which determines, for arbitrary holonomy at infinity, the 6d quiver gauge theory on the tensor branch, the type-A class S description of the T 2 compactification, and the star-shaped...

Abstract Using relativistic quantum mechanics, we study the spectrum of a non-BPS two-particle bound state in the massive phase of \( \mathcal{N} \) = 4 super Yang-Mills, in the limit when one of the particles is infinitely heavier than the other. We find that the spectrum shows the exact n 2 degeneracy for each principal quantum number n, just as in the strict non-relativistic...

String theory provides us with 8d supersymmetric gauge theory with gauge algebras \( \mathfrak{s}\mathfrak{u}(N),\mathfrak{s}\mathfrak{o}(2N),\mathfrak{s}\mathfrak{p}(N),{\mathfrak{e}}_6,{\mathfrak{e}}_7\kern0.5em \mathrm{and}\kern0.5em {\mathfrak{e}}_8 \), but no construction for \( \mathfrak{so}\left(2N+1\right) \), \( {\mathfrak{f}}_4 \) and \( {\mathfrak{g}}_2 \) is known. In...

We obtain the anomaly polynomial of strings of general 6d \( \mathcal{N}=\left(1,0\right) \) theories in terms of anomaly inflow. Our computation sheds some light on the reason why the simplest 6d \( \mathcal{N}=\left(1,0\right) \) theory has E 8 flavor symmetry, and also partially explains a curious numerology in F-theory.

We revisit the duality between ALE singularities in M-theory and 7-branes on a circle in F-theory. We see that a frozen M-theory singularity maps to a circle compactification involving a rotation of the plane transverse to the 7-brane, showing an interesting correspondence between commuting triples in simply-laced groups and Kodaira’s classification of singular elliptic...

We study the properties of 4d \( \mathcal{N}=3 \) superconformal field theories whose rank is one, i.e. those that reduce to a single vector multiplet on their moduli space of vacua. We find that the moduli space can only be of the form ℂ3/ℤ ℓ for ℓ=1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and that the supersymmetry automatically enhances to \( \mathcal{N}=4 \) for ℓ=1, 2. In addition, we determine the...

We study the effects of strongly coupled gauge interactions on the properties of the topological phases of matter. In particular, we discuss fermionic systems with three spatial dimensions, protected by time-reversal symmetry. We first derive a sufficient condition for the introduction of a dynamical Yang–Mills field to preserve the topological phase of matter, and then show how...

S-folds are generalizations of orientifolds in type IIB string theory, such that the geometric identifications are accompanied by non-trivial S-duality transformations. They were recently used by García-Etxebarria and Regalado to provide the first construction of four dimensional \( \mathcal{N} \) =3 superconformal theories. In this note, we classify the different variants of...

Compactifying \( \mathcal{N}=\left(1,0\right) \) theories on a torus, with additional fluxes for global symmetries, we obtain \( \mathcal{N}=1 \) supersymmetric theories in four dimensions. It is shown that for many choices of flux these models are toric quiver gauge theories with singlet fields. In particular we compare the anomalies deduced from the description of the six...

The $T_N$ theory is a four-dimensional $\mathcal {N} = 2$ superconformal field theory that has played a central role in the analysis of supersymmetric dualities in the last few years. The aim of this review is to collect known properties of the $T_N$ theory and its cousins in one place as a quick reference.

Supersymmetric gauge theories in five dimensions often exhibit less symmetry than the ultraviolet fixed points from which they flow. The fixed points might have larger flavor symmetry or they might even be secretly 6D theories on $S^{1}$. Here we provide a simple criterion when such symmetry enhancement in the ultraviolet should occur, by a direct study of the fermionic zero...

It has recently been argued that the confining vacua of Yang-Mills theory in the far infrared can have topological degrees of freedom given by magnetic \( {\mathbb{Z}}_q \) gauge field, both in the non-supersymmetric case and in the \( \mathcal{N}=1 \) supersymmetric case. In this short note we give another piece of evidence by computing and matching the supersymmetric index of...

We study the T 2 compactification of a class of 6d \( \mathcal{N}=\left(1,\;0\right) \) theories that is Higgsable to \( \mathcal{N}=\left(2,\;0\right) \) theories. We show that the resulting 4d \( \mathcal{N}=2 \) theory at the origin of the Coulomb branch and the parameter space is generically given by two superconformal matter sectors coupled by an infrared-free gauge...