01271nas a2200133 4500008004300000245007300043210006800116520083300184100001801017700001901035700002301054700002401077856003601101 2010 en_Ud 00aChern-Simons theory on L(p,q) lens spaces and Gopakumar-Vafa duality0 aChernSimons theory on Lpq lens spaces and GopakumarVafa duality3 aWe consider aspects of Chern-Simons theory on L(p,q) lens spaces and its relation with matrix models and topological string theory on Calabi-Yau threefolds, searching for possible new large N dualities via geometric transition for non-SU(2) cyclic quotients of the conifold. To this aim we find, on one hand, some novel matrix integral representations of the SU(N) CS partition function in a generic flat background for the whole L(p,q) family and provide a solution for its large N dynamics; on the other, we perform in full detail the construction of a family of would-be dual closed string backgrounds via conifold geometric transition from T^*L(p,q). We can then explicitly prove that Gopakumar-Vafa duality in a fixed vacuum fails in the case q>1, and briefly discuss how it could be restored in a non-perturbative setting.1 aBrini, Andrea1 aGriguolo, Luca1 aSeminara, Domenico1 aTanzini, Alessandro uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/2938