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The twisted index and topological saddles

Bullimore, Mathew; Ferrari, Andrea E.V.; Kim, Heeyeon; Xu, Guangyu

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Heeyeon Kim

Guangyu Xu


The twisted index of 3d N = 2 gauge theories on S 1 × Σ has an algebrogeometric interpretation as the Witten index of an effective supersymmetric quantum mechanics. In this paper, we consider the contributions to the supersymmetric quantum mechanics from topological saddle points in supersymmetric localisation of abelian gauge theories. Topological saddles are configurations where the matter fields vanish and the gauge symmetry is unbroken, which exist for non-vanishing effective Chern-Simons levels. We compute the contributions to the twisted index from both topological and vortex-like saddles points and show that their combination recovers the Jeffrey-Kirwan residue prescription for the twisted index and its wall-crossing.


Bullimore, M., Ferrari, A. E., Kim, H., & Xu, G. (2022). The twisted index and topological saddles. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2022(5), Article 116.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 25, 2022
Online Publication Date May 18, 2022
Publication Date 2022-05
Deposit Date May 19, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 19, 2022
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Print ISSN 1126-6708
Electronic ISSN 1029-8479
Publisher Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2022
Issue 5
Article Number 116


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