Feb 8 – 19, 2016
Europe/Zurich timezone


An M-theory approach to topological strings

Feb 8, 2016, 9:30 AM
4/3-006 - TH Conference Room (CERN)

4/3-006 - TH Conference Room


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An M-theory approach to topological strings

  • Marcos Marino


Abstract: The M-theory regime of some type II superstring theories on AdS backgrounds
can be understood in detail by combining the AdS/CFT correspondence with localization techniques.
In this talk I will show that one can use the same ideas to provide an M-theory picture of topological strings
on general toric Calabi-Yau’s. In this picture, the total partition function of topological string theory is conjecturally
recovered in the ’t Hooft limit of a matrix model, similar to the matrix integrals appearing in the localization
of Chern-Simons-matter theories on the three-sphere. In addition, one finds an exact result for the M-theory expansion of
these matrix models, generalizing previous results for the ABJM matrix model. As an application of these ideas,
I will also present a conjecture for the exact solution of quantum relativistic integrable systems
associated to toric Calabi-Yau’s (also known as Goncharov-Kenyon systems).

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