N = 1* in 5 dimensions: Dijkgraaf-Vafa meets Polchinski-Strassler

Iosif Bena, Radu Roiban

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One of the powerful techniques to analyze the 5 dimensional Super Yang Mills theory with a massive hypermultiplet (N = 1*) is provided by the AdS/CFT correspondence. It predicts that, for certain special values of the hypermultiplet mass, this theory develops nonperturbative branches of the moduli space as well as new light degrees of freedom. We use the higher dimensional generalization of the matrix model/gauge theory correspondence and recover all the prediction of the supergravity analysis. We construct the map between the four dimensional holomorphic superpotential and the five dimensional action and explicitly show that the superpotential is flat along the nonperturbative branches. This is the first instance in which the Dijkgraaf-Vafa method is used to analyze intrinsically higher dimensional phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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