Supersymmetry breaking vacua from M theory fivebranes

Luca Mazzucato*, Yaron Oz, Shimon Yankielowicz

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We consider intersecting brane configurations realizing = 2 supersymmetric gauge theories broken to = 1 by multitrace superpotentials, and softly to = 0. We analyze, in the framework of M5-brane wrapping a curve, the supersymmetric vacua and the analogs of spontaneous supersymmetry breaking and soft supersymmetry breaking in gauge theories. We show that the M5-brane does not exhibit the analog of metastable spontaneous supersymmetry breaking, and does not have non-holomorphic minimal volume curves with holomorphic boundary conditions. However, we find that any point in the = 2 moduli space can be rotated to a non-holomorphic minimal volume curve, whose boundary conditions break supersymmetry. We interpret these as the analogs of soft supersymmetry breaking vacua in the gauge theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2007


  • Intersecting branes models
  • M-theory
  • Supersymmetry breaking


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