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Massive type IIA string theory cannot be strongly coupled

Journal of High Energy Physics (Impact Factor: 6.22). 07/2010; DOI: 10.1007/JHEP11(2010)047
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ABSTRACT Understanding the strong coupling limit of massive type IIA string theory is
a longstanding problem. We argue that perhaps this problem does not exist;
namely, there may be no strongly coupled solutions of the massive theory. We
show explicitly that massive type IIA string theory can never be strongly
coupled in a weakly curved region of space-time. We illustrate our general
claim with two classes of massive solutions in AdS4xCP3: one, previously known,
with N = 1 supersymmetry, and a new one with N = 2 supersymmetry. Both
solutions are dual to d = 3 Chern-Simons-matter theories. In both these massive
examples, as the rank N of the gauge group is increased, the dilaton initially
increases in the same way as in the corresponding massless case; before it can
reach the M-theory regime, however, it enters a second regime, in which the
dilaton decreases even as N increases. In the N = 2 case, we find
supersymmetry-preserving gauge-invariant monopole operators whose mass is
independent of N. This predicts the existence of branes which stay light even
when the dilaton decreases. We show that, on the gravity side, these states
originate from D2-D0 bound states wrapping the vanishing two-cycle of a
conifold singularity that develops at large N.

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