# Massive type IIA string theory cannot be strongly coupled

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Alessandro Tomasiello, Jul 03, 2015 Available from:- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]

**ABSTRACT:**Motivated by the geometric structures of supersymmetric holographic RG-flows, we scan for N=2 AdS_4 solutions in M-theory. One particularly well understood holographic RG flow in M-theory is dual to a mass deformation of the N=8 Chern-Simons theory. We utilize an Ansatz which is a natural generalization of this background in our scan. We find a single new solution with non-trivial internal flux and the topology of S^7. Interestingly, despite our Ansatz being quite general, within our system we rule out solutions with internal flux on more general Sasaki-Einstein seven manifolds. - [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]

**ABSTRACT:**The moduli space of the supersymmetric massive IIA AdS4xS2(B4) vacua, where S2(B4) is a two-sphere bundle over a four-dimensional Kaehler-Einstein base B4, includes three independent parameters which can be thought of as corresponding to the sizes of AdS4, B4 and the S2 fiber. It might therefore be expected that these vacua do not suffer from the absence of scale separation. We show that the independence of the geometric moduli survives flux quantization. However, we uncover an attractor behavior whereby all sizes flow to equality in some neighborhood of spacetime independently of the initial conditions set by the parameters of the solution. This is further confirmed by the study of the ratio of internal to external scalar curvatures. We also show that the asymptotic Kaluza-Klein spectrum of a ten-dimensional massive scalar is governed by a scale of the order of the AdS4 radius. Furthermore we point out that the curvature ratio in supersymmetric IIA AdS4 vacua with rigid SU(3) structure is of order one, indicating the absence of scale separation in this large class of vacua.Journal of High Energy Physics 06/2012; 2012(8). DOI:10.1007/JHEP08(2012)142 · 6.22 Impact Factor - [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]

**ABSTRACT:**We study various aspects of the matrix models calculating free energies and Wilson loop observables in supersymmetric Chern-Simons-matter theories on the three-sphere. We first develop techniques to extract strong coupling results directly from the spectral curve describing the large N master field. We show that the strong coupling limit of the gauge theory corresponds to the so-called tropical limit of the spectral curve. In this limit, the curve degenerates to a planar graph, and matrix model calculations reduce to elementary line integrals along the graph. As an important physical application of these tropical techniques, we study N=3 theories with fundamental matter, both in the quenched and in the unquenched regimes. We calculate the exact spectral curve in the Veneziano limit, and we evaluate the planar free energy and Wilson loop observables at strong coupling by using tropical geometry. The results are in agreement with the predictions of the AdS duals involving tri-Sasakian manifoldsJournal of High Energy Physics 11/2010; DOI:10.1007/JHEP10(2011)139 · 6.22 Impact Factor