We study the matrix models that result from the localization of the partition functions of N = 2 Chern-Simons-matter theories on the three-sphere. A large class of such theories are conjectured to be holographically dual to M-theory on Sasaki-Einstein seven-manifolds. We study the M-theory limit (large N and fixed Chern-Simons levels) of these matrix models for various examples, and show that in this limit the free energy reproduces the expected AdS/CFT result of N-3/2/Vol(Y)(1/2), where Vol(Y) is the volume of the corresponding Sasaki-Einstein metric. More generally we conjecture a relation between the large N limit of the partition function, interpreted as a function of trial R charges, and the volumes of Sasakian metrics on links of Calabi-Yau fourfold singularities. We verify this conjecture for a family of U(N)(2) Chern-Simons quivers based on M2 branes at hypersurface singularities, and for a U(N)(3) theory based on M2 branes at a toric singularity.
|Number of pages
|Physical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology)
|Published - 22 Aug 2011