The renormalization group equation in N = 2 supersymmetric gauge theories

Eric D'Hoker, I. M. Krichever, D. H. Phong

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We clarify the mass dependence of the effective prepotential in N = 2 supersymmetric SU(Nc) gauge theories with an arbitrary number Nf < 2Nc of flavors. The resulting differential equation for the prepotential extends the equations obtained previously for SU(2) and for zero masses. It can be viewed as an exact renormalization group equation for the prepotential, with the beta function given by a modular form. We derive an explicit formula for this modular form when Nf = 0, and verify the equation to 2-instanton order in the weak-coupling regime for arbitrary Nf and Nc. We also extend the renormalization group equation to the case of other classical gauge groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-104
Number of pages16
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Effective prepotential
  • Instantons
  • Modular forms
  • Renormalization group
  • Seiberg-Witten theory
  • β-function


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