Communications in Number Theory and Physics

Volume 8 (2014)

Number 4

Topological strings on elliptic fibrations

Pages: 729 – 800



Murad Alim (Jefferson Physical Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)

Emanuel Scheidegger (Mathematisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany)


We study topological string theory on elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau manifolds using mirror symmetry. We compute higher genus topological string amplitudes and express these in terms of polynomials of functions constructed from the special geometry of the deformation spaces. The polynomials are fixed by the holomorphic anomaly equations supplemented by the expected behavior at special loci in moduli space. We further expand the amplitudes in the base moduli of the elliptic fibration and find that the fiber moduli dependence is captured by a finer polynomial structure in terms of the modular forms of the modular group of the elliptic curve. We further find a recursive equation which captures this finer structure and which can be related to the anomaly equations for correlation functions.

Published 24 February 2015