New AdS2 supergravity duals of 4d SCFTs with defects

Yolanda Lozano, Nicolò Petri, Cristian Risco

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We construct new families of AdS2× S2× S2 solutions with 4 supercharges in Type II supergravities. We show that subclasses of these solutions can be interpreted in terms of defect branes embedded in 4d N = 4 SYM, or orbifolds thereof. This is explicitly realised by showing that the solutions asymptote locally to AdS5× S5/ℤn, in Type IIB, or its T-dual background, in Type IIA. The latter is a Gaiotto-Maldacena geometry realised on an intersection of D4 and NS5 branes. We extend the Type IIA solutions to include D6 branes, and interpret them as describing backreacted baryon vertices within 4d N = 2 CFTs living in D4-NS5-D6 intersections. We propose explicit quiver quantum mechanics in which the defect branes play the role of colour branes, with the D4 branes of the D4-NS5-D6 intersection becoming flavour branes. These quivers are used to compute the degeneracies of the ground states of the dual super conformal quantum mechanics, that are shown to agree with the holographic expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number217
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • D-branes
  • String Duality
  • Superstring Vacua

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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