Higher Form Symmetries of Argyres-Douglas Theories

2020-07-31

Authors: Michele Del Zotto, Iñaki García Etxebarria, Saghar S. Hosseini

Preprint number: UUITP - 26/20

We determine the structure of 1-form symmetries for all 4d N=2 theories that have a geometric engineering in terms of type IIB string theory on isolated hypersurface singularities. This is a large class of models, that includes Argyres-Douglas theories and many others. Despite the lack of known gauge theory descriptions for most such theories, we find that the spectrum of 1-form symmetries can be obtained via a careful analysis of the non-commutative behaviour of RR fluxes at infinity in the IIB setup. The final result admits a very compact field theoretical reformulation in terms of the BPS quiver. We illustrate our methods in detail in the case of the (g,g′) Argyres-Douglas theories found by Cecotti-Neitzke-Vafa. In those cases where N=1 gauge theory descriptions have been proposed for theories within this class, we find agreement between the 1-form symmetries of such N=1 Lagrangian flows and those of the actual Argyres-Douglas fixed points, thus giving a consistency check for these proposals.