University of Maryland
Resurgence, Uniform WKB and Complex Instantons
The theory of resurgence connects perturbative and non-perturbative physics. Focusing on certain one-dimensional quantum mechanical systems with degenerate harmonic minima, I will explain how the resurgent trans-series expansions for the low lying energy eigenvalues follow from the exact quantization condition via the uniform WKB approach. In the opposite spectral region (with high lying eigenvalues), in contrast to the divergent asymptotic expansions expressed as trans-series, the relevant expansions are convergent. However, due to the poles in the expansion coefficients, they contain non-perturbative contributions which can be identified with complex instantons. I will demonstrate that in each spectral region there are striking relation between perturbative and non-perturbative expansions even though the nature of these expansions are very different. Notably, the quantum mechanical examples that I will discuss encode the vacua of certain supersymmetric gauge theories in their spectra.