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Causality on the gravity side of the AdS/CFT correspondence restricts motion on the moduli space of the N = 4 super Yang Mills theory by imposing a speed limit on how fast the scalar field may roll. This effect can be traced to higher derivative operators arising from integrating out light degrees of freedom near the origin. In the strong coupling limit of… (More)

- Mohsen Alishahiha, Eva Silverstein, David Tong
- 2004

We analyze the spectrum of density perturbations generated in models of the recently discovered " D-cceleration " mechanism of inflation. In this scenario, strong coupling quantum field theoretic effects sum to provide a DBI-like action for the inflaton. We show that the model has a strict lower bound on the non-Gaussianity of the CMBR power spectrum at an… (More)

- Neil Lambert, David Tong
- Physical review letters
- 2008

We provide an M theory interpretation of the recently discovered N=8 supersymmetric Chern-Simons theory with SO(4) gauge symmetry. The theory is argued to describe two membranes moving in the orbifold R8/Z2. At level k=1 and k=2, the classical moduli space M coincides with the infrared moduli space of SO(4) and SO(5) super Yang-Mills theory, respectively.… (More)

- Amihay Hanany, David Tong
- 2003

The purpose of this paper is to describe a relationship between the moduli space of vortices and the moduli space of instantons. We study charge k vortices in U (N) Yang-Mills-Higgs theories and show that the moduli space is isomorphic to a special Lagrangian submanifold of the moduli space of k instantons in non-commutative U (N) Yang-Mills theories. This… (More)

- David Tong
- 2002

The equivalence of NS5-branes and ALF spaces under T-duality is well known. However, a naive application of T-duality transforms the ALF space into a smeared NS5-brane, de-localized on the dual, transverse, circle. In this paper we reexamine this duality, starting from a two-dimensional N = (4, 4) gauged linear sigma model describing Taub-NUT space. After… (More)

We conjecture a topology changing transition in M-theory on a non-compact asymptotically conical Spin(7) manifold, where a 5-sphere collapses and a CP 2 bolt grows. We argue that the transition may be understood as the condensation of M5-branes wrapping S 5. Upon reduction to ten dimensions, it has a physical interpretation as a transition of D6-branes… (More)

- David Tong
- 2003

We present a novel derivation of the duality between the two-dimensional Euclidean black hole and supersymmetric Liouville theory. We realise these (1+1)-dimensional conformal field theories on the worldvolume of domain walls in a (2+1)-dimensional gauge theory. We show that there exist two complementary descriptions of the domain wall dynamics, resulting… (More)

- Minoru Eto, Muneto Nitta, Keisuke Ohashi, David Tong
- Physical review letters
- 2005

Some years ago, Atiyah and Manton described a method to construct approximate Skyrmion solutions from Yang-Mills instantons. Here we present a dynamical realization of this construction using domain walls in a five-dimensional gauge theory. The non-Abelian gauge symmetry is broken in each vacuum but restored in the core of the domain wall, allowing… (More)

We initiate a holographic model building approach to 'strange metallic' phe-nomenology. Our model couples a neutral Lifshitz-invariant quantum critical theory , dual to a bulk gravitational background, to a finite density of gapped probe charge carriers, dually described by D-branes. In the physical regime of temperature much lower than the charge density… (More)

- David Tong
- 2007

This is the first in a series of four lectures on the physics of solitons in su-persymmetric gauge theories. We start here with Yang-Mills instantons, describing the moduli space of solutions, the ADHM construction, and applications to supersymmetric gauge theories in various dimensions.