Journal of High Energy Physics

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Brane annihilation in non-supersymmetric strings

  • Riccardo Antonelli
  • Ivano BasileEmail author
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


In this paper we study non-perturbative instabilities in Anti-de Sitter vacua arising from flux compactifications of string models with broken supersymmetry. In the semi-classical limit, these processes drive the vacua towards lower fluxes, which translate into higher curvatures and higher string couplings. In order to shed some light on this regime, we provide evidence for a description in terms of branes, which generate near- horizon AdS throats. To this end, we study the attractor properties of the geometries near the throat, and we also characterize their asymptotics away from it. We also describe the instability within a probe-brane picture, finding an agreement between low-energy (super)gravity and brane instanton estimates of the decay rates.


D-branes p-branes Nonperturbative Effects AdS-CFT Correspondence 


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  1. 1.Scuola Normale Superiore and I.N.F.N.PisaItaly

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