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(Un)Higgsing the M2-brane

Benishti, N., He, Y. & Sparks, J. (2010). (Un)Higgsing the M2-brane. Journal of High Energy Physics, 1001, 067 - 067. doi: 10.1007/JHEP01(2010)067


We study various aspects of N=2 quiver-Chern-Simons theories, conjectured to be dual to M2-branes at toric Calabi-Yau four-fold singularities, under Higgsing. In particular we study in detail the orbifold C^4/Z_2^3, obtaining a number of different quiver-Chern-Simons phases for this model, and all 18 toric partial resolutions thereof. In the process we develop a general un-Higgsing algorithm that allows one to construct quiver-Chern-Simons theories by blowing up, thus obtaining a plethora of new models. In addition we explain how turning on torsion G-flux non-trivially affects the supergravity dual of Higgsing, showing that the supergravity and field theory analyses precisely match in an example based on the Sasaki-Einstein manifold Y^(1,2)(CP^2).

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: The original publication is available at archiveprefix: arXiv primaryclass: hep-th
Publisher Keywords: Chern-Simons Theories; M-Theory; AdS/CFT Correspondence
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
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