F-theory and AdS3/CFT2

Christopher Couzens, Craig Lawrie*, Dario Martelli, Sakura Schäfer-Nameki, Jin-Mann Wong

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We construct supersymmetric AdS3 solutions in F-theory, that is Type IIB supergravity with varying axio-dilaton, which are holographically dual to 2d N= (0 4) superconformal field theories with small superconformal algebra. In F-theory these arise from D3-branes wrapped on curves in the base of an elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau threefold Y3 and correspond to self-dual strings in the 6d N= (1 0) theory obtained from F-theory on Y3. The non-trivial fibration over the wrapped curves implies a varying coupling of the N= 4 Super-Yang-Mills theory on the D3-branes. We compute the holographic central charges and show that these agree with the field theory and with the anomalies of self-dual strings in 6d. We complement our analysis with a discussion of the dual M-theory solutions and a comparison of the central charges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number43
Number of pages72
Issue number8
Early online date10 Aug 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Aug 2017


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • F-Theory


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