Topological string on elliptic CY 3-folds and the ring of Jacobi forms

Min xin Huang, Sheldon Katz, Albrecht Klemm

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Abstract: We give evidence that the all genus amplitudes of topological string theory on compact elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau manifolds can be written in terms of meromorphic Jacobi forms whose weight grows linearly and whose index grows quadratically with the base degree. The denominators of these forms have a simple universal form with the property that the poles of the meromorphic form lie only at torsion points. The modular parameter corresponds to the fibre class while the rôle of the string coupling is played by the elliptic parameter. As a consequence the topological string amplitudes are modular and quasi periodic in the string coupling. This leads to very strong all genus results on these geometries, which are checked against results from curve counting. The structure can be viewed as an indication that an N = 2 analog of the reciprocal of the Igusa cusp form exists that might govern the topological string theory on these Calabi-Yau manifolds completely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number125
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • String Duality
  • Topological Strings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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