Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Volume 7 (2003)

Number 5

Seiberg-Witten Prepotential from Instanton Counting

Pages: 831 – 864



Nikita A. Nekrasov


Direct evaluation of the Seiberg-Witten prepotential is accomplished following the localization programme suggested in [1]. Our results agree with all low-instanton calculations available in the literature. We present a two-parameter generalization of the Seiberg-Witten prepotential, which is rather natural from the M-theory/five dimensional perspective, and conjecture its relation to the tau-functions of KP/Toda hierarchy.

Published 1 January 2003