Brane/Flux Annihilation and the String Dual of a Non-Supersymmetric Field Theory

  title={Brane/Flux Annihilation and the String Dual of a Non-Supersymmetric Field Theory},
  author={Shamit Kachru and John Michael Pearson and Herman L. Verlinde},
  journal={Journal of High Energy Physics},
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 S3. 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… Expand

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