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Nonperturbative effects and nonperturbative definitions in matrix models and topological strings

Published inThe journal of high energy physics, vol. 2008, no. 12, 114
Publication date2008
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We develop techniques to compute multi-instanton corrections to the 1/N expansion in matrix models described by orthogonal polynomials. These techniques are based on finding trans-series solutions, i.e. formal solutions with exponentially small corrections, to the recursion relations characterizing the free energy. We illustrate this method in the Hermitian, quartic matrix model, and we provide a detailed description of the instanton corrections in the Gross-Witten-Wadia (GWW) unitary matrix model. Moreover, we use Borel resummation techniques and results from the theory of resurgent functions to relate the formal multi-instanton series to the nonperturbative definition of the matrix model. We study this relation in the case of the GWW model and its double-scaling limit, providing in this way a nice illustration of various mechanisms connecting the resummation of perturbative series to nonperturbative results, like the cancellation of nonperturbative ambiguities. Finally, we argue that trans-series solutions are also relevant in the context of topological string theory. In particular, we point out that in topological string models with both a matrix model and a large N gauge theory description, the nonperturbative, holographic definition involves a sum over the multi-instanton sectors of the matrix model.

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MARINO BEIRAS, Marcos. Nonperturbative effects and nonperturbative definitions in matrix models and topological strings. In: The journal of high energy physics, 2008, vol. 2008, n° 12, p. 114. doi: 10.1088/1126-6708/2008/12/114
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