Higgs Bundles for M-theory on $G_2$-Manifolds


Braun, A
Cizel, S
Hubner, M
Schafer-Nameki, S


Journal of High Energy Physics

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M-theory compactified on $G_2$-holonomy manifolds results in 4d
$\mathcal{N}=1$ supersymmetric gauge theories coupled to gravity. In this paper
we focus on the gauge sector of such compactifications by studying the Higgs
bundle obtained from a partially twisted 7d super Yang-Mills theory on a
supersymmetric three-cycle $M_3$. We derive the BPS equations and find the
massless spectrum for both abelian and non-abelian gauge groups in 4d. The
mathematical tool that allows us to determine the spectrum is Morse theory, and
more generally Morse-Bott theory. The latter generalization allows us to make
contact with twisted connected sum (TCS) $G_2$-manifolds, which form the
largest class of examples of compact $G_2$-manifolds. M-theory on TCS
$G_2$-manifolds is known to result in a non-chiral 4d spectrum. We determine
the Higgs bundle for this class of $G_2$-manifolds and provide a prescription
for how to engineer singular transitions to models that have chiral matter in

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