Classifying BPS bosonic Wilson loops in 3d N = 4 Chern-Simons-matter theories

Nadav Drukker, Ziwen Kong, Malte Probst, Marcia Tenser, Diego Trancanelli*

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We study the possible BPS Wilson loops in three-dimensional N = 4 Chern-Simons-matter theory which involve only the gauge field and bilinears of the scalars. Previously known examples are the analogues of the Gaiotto-Yin loops preserving four supercharges and “latitude” loops preserving two. We carry out a careful classification and find, in addition, loops preserving three supercharges, further inequivalent classes of loops preserving two supercharges and loops preserving a single supercharge. For each of the classes of loops, we present a representative example and analyse their full orbit under the broken symmetries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number163
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2022


  • Chern-Simons Theories
  • Supersymmetric Gauge Theory
  • Wilson, ’t Hooft and Polyakov loops

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