In the paper, the authors study the 3d toric code on a cubic lattice, which displays a topologically ordered ground state, and focus on the phase transitions towards a trivial state induced by an external uniform magnetic field. After a detailed introduction which clearly motivates their study, the authors describe the model and its ground state properties. Then, applying a combination of methods (p-CUT, exact dualities and variational computations), they reconstruct the phase diagram of the toric code under a uniform magnetic field in an arbitrary direction. Throughout this study, they provide a detailed description of the physical mechanisms induced by the external field, and compare them with the 2d case. Finally, a long discussion summarizes the main results of the paper.
Overall, I find the paper extremely well written, and accessible to the newcomer to the field. Although the technicalities associated with pCUT and the variational calculations are difficult to follow, their outputs are clearly summarized in physical terms. The phase diagram is convincingly reconstructed via various independent means. For these reasons, I recommend the publication of the manuscript.