Complex Chern-Simons theory at level k via the 3d-3d correspondence

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We use the 3d-3d correspondence together with the DGG construction of theories Tn[M] labelled by 3-manifolds M to define a non-perturbative state-integral model for SL(n,C) Chern-Simons theory at any level k, based on ideal triangulations. The resulting partition functions generalize a widely studied k=1 state-integral as well as the 3d index, which is k=0. The Chern-Simons partition functions correspond to partition functions of Tn[M] on squashed lens spaces L(k,1). At any k, they admit a holomorphic-antiholomorphic factorization, corresponding to the decomposition of L(k,1) into two solid tori, and the associated holomorphic block decomposition of the partition functions of T_n[M]. A generalization to L(k,p) is also presented. Convergence of the state integrals, for any k, requires triangulations to admit a positive angle structure; we propose that this is also necessary for the DGG gauge theory T_n[M] to flow to a desired IR SCFT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619–662
Number of pages49
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Physics
Issue number2
Early online date16 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2015


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