Holographic description of M-branes via AdS2

Giuseppe Dibitetto, Yolanda Lozano, Nicolò Petri, Anayeli Ramirez

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We study AdS2× S4× S2× Σ2 solutions in type IIB string theory arising from D1-D3-NS5 brane intersections. These backgrounds enjoy sixteen supercharges and the corresponding internal geometry is non-compact due to the specific form of the warping w.r.t. the Riemann surface Σ2. Even though a direct computation of the holographic free energy of the would-be dual CFT1 yields a divergent behaviour, it reveals the typical N3 scaling of a 6d theory upon introducing a hard cut-off. We claim that such geometries may be interpreted as the gravity duals of M(atrix) models describing an IR phase of the (2, 0) theory of M5 branes, in presence of momentum and NUT charges. We discuss parallel AdS2 geometries describing longitudinal M2 branes in the UV, where the counting of the number of degrees of freedom correctly reproduces the expected N3/2 behaviour of the dual field theory. These geometries provide explicit examples where deconstructed extra dimensions yield well-defined UV descriptions in terms of higher-dimensional CFTs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • D-branes
  • M(atrix) Theories
  • M-Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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