The String Dual of a Confining Four-Dimensional Gauge Theory

@inproceedings{Polchinski2008TheSD,
title={The String Dual of a Confining Four-Dimensional Gauge Theory},
author={Joseph Polchinski and Matthew J. Strassler},
year={2008}
}

We study N = 1 gauge theories obtained by adding finite mass terms to N = 4 Yang-Mills theory. The Maldacena dual is nonsingular: in each of the many vacua, there is an extended brane source, arising from Myers’ dielectric effect. The source consists of one or more (p, q) 5-branes. In particular, the confining vacuum contains an NS5-brane; the confining flux tube is a fundamental string bound to the 5-brane. The system admits a simple quantitative description as a perturbation of a state on the… CONTINUE READING