Brane/flux annihilation and the string dual of a non-supersymmetric field theory

Shamit Kachru, John Pearson, Herman Verlinde

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We consider the dynamics of p anti-D3 branes inside the Klebanov-Strassler geometry, the deformed conifold with M units of RR 3-form flux around the S 3. We find that for p ≪ M the system relaxes to a nonsupersymmetric NS 5-brane "giant graviton" configuration, which is classically stable, but quantum mechanically can tunnel to a nearby supersymmetric vacuum with M -p D3 branes. This decay mode is exponentially suppressed and proceeds via the nucleation of an NS 5-brane bubble wall. We propose a dual field theory interpretation of the decay as the transition between a nonsupersymmetric "baryonic" branch and a supersymmetric "mesonic" branch of the corresponding SU(2M - p) × SU(M-p) low energy gauge theory. The NS 5-brane tunneling process also provides a simple visualization of the geometric transition by which D3-branes can dissolve into 3-form flux.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-411
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS-CFT and dS-CFT Correspondence
  • D-branes


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