Stable non-supersymmetric throats in string theory

  • Shamit Kachru
  • Dušan SimićEmail author
  • Sandip P. Trivedi
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We construct a large class of non-supersymmetric AdS-like throat geometries in string theory by taking non-supersymmetric orbifolds of supersymmetric backgrounds. The scale of SUSY breaking is the AdS radius, and the dual field theory has explicitly broken supersymmetry. The large hierarchy of energy scales in these geometries is stable. We establish this by showing that the dual gauge theories do not have any relevant operators which are singlets under the global symmetries. When the geometries are embedded in a compact internal space, a large enough discrete subgroup of the global symmetries can still survive to prevent any singlet relevant operators from arising. We illustrate this by embedding one case in a non-supersymmetric orbifold of a Calabi-Yau manifold. These examples can serve as a starting point for obtaining Randall-Sundrum models in string theory, and more generally for constructing composite Higgs or technicolor-like models where strongly coupled dynamics leads to the breaking of electro-weak symmetry. Towards the end of the paper, we briefly discuss how bulk gauge fields can be incorporated by introducing D7-branes in the bulk, and also show how the strongly coupled dynamics can lead to an emergent weakly coupled gauge theory in the IR with matter fields including scalars.


Technicolor and Composite Models Gauge-gravity correspondence Compactification and String Models Flux compactifications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shamit Kachru
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Dušan Simić
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Sandip P. Trivedi
    • 4
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Stanford Institute for Theoretical PhysicsStanford UniversityStanfordU.S.A.
  2. 2.SLAC, Stanford UniversityStanfordU.S.A.
  3. 3.Kavli Institute for Theoretical PhysicsSanta BarbaraU.S.A.
  4. 4.Tata Institute for Fundamental ResearchMumbaiIndia

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