Pasquetti talk at Oxford

Sara Pasquetti gave a talk on Monday 19 November at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford. The talk was in the String Theory Seminar and the title was “Holomorphic blocks in three dimensions.”  An abstract follows: we show that sphere partition functions and indices of 3 dimensional, N = 2, gauge theories can be decomposed into a sum of products of a universal set of holomorphic blocks. The blocks count BPS states of a theory on R2 × S1 and are in one-to-one correspondence with the theory’s massive vacua. The blocks turn out to have a wealth of surprising properties such as a Stokes phenomenon and have interesting dual interpretations in analytically continued Chern-Simons theory and open topological strings.