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05.11.2020 (Thursday)

Stringy resurgence: modular graph functions and Poincare series

Regular Seminar Daniele Dorigoni (Durham University)

15:00 QMW
room Zoom

Zoom link: Please email Silvia Nagy ( or Jungwook Kim ( for the zoom link. Abstract:In string theory SL(2,Z) invariant functions, such as modular graph functions or coefficient functions of higher derivative corrections, are ubiquitous. Using a representation in terms of Poincaré series we can combine different methods for asymptotic expansions and obtain the complete perturbative and non-perturbative expansion. In the case of the higher derivative corrections, these terms have an interpretation in terms of perturbative string loop effects and pairs of instantons/anti-instantons. There will also be a pre-seminar for the students which will begin at 2:30 pm.

23.10.2013 (Wednesday)

Resurgence in QFT: the Principal Chiral Model

Regular Seminar Daniele Dorigoni (DAMTP, Cambridge)

14:00 IC
room H503

I will review the concept of Borel transform and resurgence behavior for the perturbative expansion of generic physical observables presenting particular examples coming from quantum mechanics and supersymmetric localized QFT. I will then discuss more in details the physical role of non-perturbative saddle points of path integrals in theories without instantons, using the example of the asymptotically free two-dimensional principal chiral model (PCM). Standard topological arguments based on homotopy considerations suggest no role for non-perturbative saddles in such theories. However, resurgence theory, unifying perturbative and non-perturbative physics, predicts the existence of several types of non-perturbative saddles associated with features of the large-order structure of perturbation theory. These points are illustrated in the PCM, where we found new non-perturbative fractionalized saddle point field configurations, and give a quantum interpretation of previously discovered `uniton’ unstable classical solutions.