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Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2013:158 | Cite as

Instanton effects in ABJM theory from Fermi gas approach

  • Yasuyuki HatsudaEmail author
  • Sanefumi Moriyama
  • Kazumi Okuyama
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Abstract

We study the instanton effects of the ABJM partition function using the Fermi gas formalism. We compute the exact values of the partition function at the Chern-Simons levels k = 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 up to N = 44, 20, 18, 16, 14 respectively, and extract non-perturbative corrections from these exact results. Fitting the resulting non-perturbative corrections by their expected forms from the Fermi gas, we determine unknown parameters in them. After separating the oscillating behavior of the grand potential, which originates in the periodicity of the grand partition function, and the worldsheet instanton contribution, which is computed from the topological string theory, we succeed in proposing an analytical expression for the leading D2-instanton correction. Just as the perturbative result, the instanton corrections to the partition function are expressed in terms of the Airy function.

Keywords

Matrix Models Nonperturbative Effects Chern-Simons Theories M-Theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuyuki Hatsuda
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sanefumi Moriyama
    • 3
  • Kazumi Okuyama
    • 4
  1. 1.DESY Theory GroupDESY HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsTokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Kobayashi Maskawa Institute & Graduate School of MathematicsNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsShinshu UniversityMatsumotoJapan

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