Multiple membranes in M-theory

Jonathan Bagger*, Neil Lambert, Sunil Mukhi, Constantinos Papageorgakis

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Abstract

We review developments in the theory of multiple, parallel membranes in M-theory. After discussing the inherent difficulties with constructing a maximally supersymmetric lagrangian with the appropriate field content and symmetries, we introduce 3-algebras and show how they allow for such a description. Different choices of 3-algebras lead to distinct classes of 2 + 1 dimensional theories with varying degrees of supersymmetry. We then demonstrate that these theories are equivalent to conventional superconformal Chern-Simons gauge theories at level k, but with bifundamental matter. Analysing the physical properties of these theories leads to the identification of a certain subclass of models with configurations of M2-branes on Z(k) orbifolds. These models give rise to a whole new gauge/gravity duality in the form of an AdS(4)/CFT3 correspondence. We also discuss mass deformations, higher derivative corrections, and the possibility of extracting information about M5-brane physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)1-100
Number of pages100
JournalPhysics Reports
Volume527
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

Keywords

  • String theory
  • M-theory
  • Branes
  • BORN-INFELD ACTION
  • 3-DIMENSIONAL GAUGE DYNAMICS
  • SIMONS HIGGS SYSTEMS
  • M2-M5 BRANE SYSTEM
  • M-THEORY 5-BRANE
  • CHERN-SIMONS
  • STRING THEORY
  • P-BRANES
  • 11-DIMENSIONAL SUPERGRAVITY
  • EXTENDED SUPERSYMMETRY

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