On the M-theory approach to (compactified) 5D field theories

A. Brandhuber*, N. Itzhaki, J. Sonnenschein, S. Theisen, S. Yankielowicz

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We construct M-theory curves associated with brane configurations of SU(N), SO(N) and Sp(2N) 5D supersymmetric gauge theories compactified on a circle. From the curves we can account for all the existing different SU(N) field theories with Nf ≤ 2N. This is the correct bound for N ≥ 3. We remark on the exceptional case SU(2). The bounds obtained for SO(N) and Sp(2N) are Nf ≤ N - 4 and Nf ≤ 2N + 4, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-134
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 11 Dec 1997


FundersFunder number
Centers of Excellence Program
European CommissionERBFMRX-CT964045
German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Israel Science Foundation


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