M2-branes on orbifolds of the cone over Q 1,1,1

Sebastián Franco, Igor R. Klebanov, Diego Rodríguez-Gómez

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We study the N = 2 supersymmetric Chern-Simons quiver gauge theory recently introduced in arXiv:0809.3237 to describe M2-branes on a cone over the well-known Sasaki-Einstein manifold Q 1,1,1. For Chern-Simons levels (k,k,-k,-k) we argue that this theory is dual to AdS 4 × Q 1,1,1/Zℤ k. We derive the k orbifold action and show that it preserves geometrical symmetry U(1) R × SU(2) × U(1), in agreement with the symmetry of the gauge theory. We analyze the simplest gauge invariant chiral operators, and show that they match Kaluza-Klein harmonics on AdS 4 × Q 1,1,1/ k. This provides a test of the gauge theory, and in particular of its sextic superpotential which plays an important role in restricting the spectrum of chiral operators. We proceed to study other quiver gauge theories corresponding to more complicated orbifolds of Q 1,1,1. In particular, we propose two U(N) 4 Chern-Simons gauge theories whose quiver diagrams are the same as in the 4d theories describing D3-branes on a complex cone over F 0, a Zℤ 2 orbifold of the conifold (in 4d the two quivers are related by the Seiberg duality). The manifest symmetry of these gauge theories is U(1) R × SU(2) × SU(2). We argue that these gauge theories at levels (k,k,-k,-k) are dual to AdS 4 × Q 2,2,2/Zℤ k. We exhibit calculations of the moduli space and of the chiral operator spectrum which provide support for this conjecture. We also briefly discuss a similar correspondence for AdS 4 × M 3,2/Zℤ k. Finally, we discuss resolutions of the cones and their dual gauge theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • Brane Dynamics in Gauge Theories
  • Conformal Field Models in String Theory
  • M-Theory


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