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New N = 2 superconformal field theories from M/F-theory orbifolds

Gukov, Sergei and Kapustin, Anton (1999) New N = 2 superconformal field theories from M/F-theory orbifolds. Nuclear Physics B, 545 (1-3). pp. 283-308. ISSN 0550-3213. doi:10.1016/S0550-3213(99)00008-5.

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We consider M-theory on (T^2 × R^2)/Zn with M5-branes wrapped on R^2 One can probe this background with M5-branes wrapped on T2. The theories on the probes provide many new examples of N = 2 field theories without Lagrangian description. All these theories have Coulomb branches, and we find the corresponding Seiberg-Witten curves. The exact solution is encoded in a Hitchin system on an orbifolded torus with punctures. The theories we consider also arise from D3 probes in F-theory on K3 × K3 orbifolds. Interestingly, the relevant F-theory background has frozen Z_n singularities which are analogous to frozen Z_2 singularities in Type I string theory. We use the F-theory description to find supergravity duals of the probe SCFT's in the large-N limit and compute the spectrum of relevant and marginal operators. We also explain how the decoupling of U(1) factors is manifested in the supergravity description.

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Gukov, Sergei0000-0002-9486-1762
Kapustin, Anton0000-0003-3903-5158
Additional Information:© 1999 Elsevier B.V. Received 13 November 1998, Accepted 7 January 1999, Available online 1 July 1999. The authors wish to thank O. Aharony, M. Berkooz, and E. Witten for helpful discussions. The work of S.G. was supported in part by NSF grant PHY-9802484, RFBR grant No 98-02-16575, and Russian President’s grant No 96-15-96939. The work of A.K. was supported in part by DOE grant DE-FG02-90-ER40542.
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Russian Foundation for Basic Research98-02-16575
Russian Foundation for Basic Research96-15-96939
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG02-90-ER40542
Subject Keywords:Gauge theory; M-theory; F-theory
Issue or Number:1-3
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Official Citation:Sergei Gukov, Anton Kapustin, New N = 2 superconformal field theories from M/F-theory orbifolds, Nuclear Physics B, Volume 545, Issues 1–3, 19 April 1999, Pages 283-308, ISSN 0550-3213, (
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