F-Theory, Spinning Black Holes and Multi-string Branches

Sameer Murthy, Cumrun Vafa, Babak Haghighat, Stefan Vandoren

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We study 5d supersymmetric black holes which descend from strings of generic N=(1,0)N=(1,0) supergravity in 6d. These strings have an F-theory realization in 6d as D3 branes wrapping smooth genus g curves in the base of elliptic 3-folds. They enjoy (0, 4) worldsheet supersymmetry with an extra SU(2)L current algebra at level g realized on the left-movers. When the smooth curves degenerate they lead to multi-string branches and we find that the microscopic worldsheet theory flows in the IR to disconnected 2d CFTs having different central charges. The single string sector is the one with maximal central charge, which when wrapped on a circle, leads to a 5d spinning BPS black hole whose horizon volume agrees with the leading entropy prediction from the Cardy formula. However, we find new phenomena where this branch meets other branches of the CFT. These include multi-string configurations which have no bound states in 6 dimensions but are bound through KK momenta when wrapping a circle, as well as loci where the curves degenerate to spheres. These loci lead to black hole configurations which can have total angular momentum relative to a Taub-Nut center satisfying J2> M3 and whose number of states, though exponentially large, grows much slower than those of the large spinning black hole.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages53
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Early online date4 Jan 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jan 2016


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