Exact Kahler Potential from Gauge Theory and Mirror Symmetry

Research paper by Jaume Gomis, Sungjay Lee

Indexed on: 20 Nov '12Published on: 20 Nov '12Published in: High Energy Physics - Theory


We prove a recent conjecture that the partition function of N=(2, 2) gauge theories on the two-sphere which flow to Calabi-Yau sigma models in the infrared computes the exact Kahler potential on the quantum Kahler moduli space of the corresponding Calabi-Yau. This establishes the two-sphere partition function as a new method of computation of worldsheet instantons and Gromov-Witten invariants. We also calculate the exact two-sphere partition function for N=(2,2) Landau-Ginzburg models with an arbitrary twisted superpotential W. These results are used to demonstrate that arbitrary abelian gauge theories and their associated mirror Landau-Ginzburg models have identical two-sphere partition functions. We further show that the partition function of non-abelian gauge theories can be rewritten as the partition function of mirror Landau-Ginzburg models.