We study matrix models in the β-ensemble by building on the refined recursion relation proposed by Chekhov and Eynard. We present explicit results for the first β-deformed corrections in the one-cut and the two-cut cases, as well as two applications to supersymmetric gauge theories: the calculation of superpotentials in N = 1 gauge theories, and the calculation of vevs of surface operators in superconformal N = 2 theories and their Liouville duals. Finally, we study the β-deformation of the Chern-Simons matrix model. Our results indicate that this model does not provide an appropriate description of the Ω-deformed topological string on the resolved conifold, and therefore that the β-deformation might provide a different generalization of topological string theory in toric Calabi-Yau backgrounds.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics