Operator counting and eigenvalue distributions for 3D supersymmetric gauge theories

Daniel R. Gulotta, Christopher P. Herzog, Silviu S. Pufu

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We give further support for our conjecture relating eigenvalue distributions of the Kapustin-Willett-Yaakov matrix model in the large N limit to numbers of operators in the chiral ring of the corresponding supersymmetric three-dimensional gauge theory. We show that the relation holds for non-critical R-charges and for examples with N = 2 instead of N = 3 supersymmetry where the bifundamental matter fields are nonchiral. We prove that, for non-critical R-charges, the conjecture is equivalent to a relation between the free energy of the gauge theory on a three sphere and the volume of a Sasaki manifold that is part of the moduli space of the gauge theory. We also investigate the consequences of our conjecture for chiral theories where the matrix model is not well understood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number149
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • 1/N Expansion
  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • Chern-Simons Theories
  • Strong Coupling Expansion


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