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Published in Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, Vol. 12 (2), 2008, pp. 353-404. Copyright © 2008 International Press. Used by permission.


We use F. Ferrari’s methods relating matrix models to Calabi–Yau spaces in order to explain much of Intriligator and Wecht’s ADE classification of N = 1 superconformal theories which arise as RG fixed points of N = 1 SQCD theories with adjoints. We find that ADE superpotentials in the Intriligator–Wecht classification exactly match matrix model superpotentials obtained from Calabi–Yau with corresponding ADE singularities. Moreover, in the additional Ô, Â, Dˆ and Ê cases we find new singular geometries. These “hat” geometries are closely related to their ADE counterparts, but feature non-isolated singularities. As a byproduct, we give simple descriptions for small resolutions of Gorenstein threefold singularities in terms of transition functions between just two co-ordinate charts. To obtain these results we develop an algorithm for blowing down exceptional P1, described in the appendix.

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