The M-theory origin of global properties of gauge theories

Amariti, Antonio; Klare, Claudius; Orlando, Domenico; Reffert, Susanne (2015). The M-theory origin of global properties of gauge theories. Nuclear physics. B, 901, pp. 318-337. North Holland 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2015.10.011

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We show that global properties of gauge groups can be understood as geometric properties in M-theory. Different wrappings of a system of N M5-branes on a torus reduce to four-dimensional theories with AN−1 gauge algebra and different unitary groups. The classical properties of the wrappings determine the global properties of the gauge theories without the need to impose any quantum conditions. We count the inequivalent wrappings as they fall into orbits of the modular group of the torus, which correspond to the S-duality orbits of the gauge theories.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Theoretical Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Orlando, Domenico and Reffert, Susanne

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

0550-3213

Publisher:

North Holland

Language:

English

Submitter:

Esther Fiechter

Date Deposited:

17 Dec 2015 14:43

Last Modified:

17 Dec 2015 14:43

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2015.10.011

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.74088

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/74088

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