Coulomb and Higgs branches from canonical singularities. Part 0

C. Closset, S. Schäfer-Nameki, Y.-N. Wang

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Five- and four-dimensional superconformal field theories with eight supercharges arise from canonical threefold singularities in M-theory and Type IIB string theory, respectively. We study their Coulomb and Higgs branches using crepant resolutions and deformations of the singularities. We propose a relation between the resulting moduli spaces, by compactifying the theories to 3d, followed by 3d N = 4 mirror symmetry and an S-type gauging of an abelian flavor symmetry. In particular, we use this correspondence to determine the Higgs branch of some 5d SCFTs and their magnetic quivers from the geometry. As an application of the general framework, we observe that singularities that engineer Argyres-Douglas theories in Type IIB also give rise to rank-0 5d SCFTs in M-theory. We also compute the higher-form symmetries of the 4d and 5d SCFTs, including the one-form symmetries of generalized Argyres-Douglas theories of type (G, G′).
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Number of pages58
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


  • Field Theories in Higher Dimensions
  • MTheory
  • String Duality
  • Supersymmetric Gauge Theory


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