Towards brane-antibrane inflation in type II A: The holographic MQCD model

Horatiu Nastase*, Jacob Sonnenschein

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We describe type II A cosmological brane inflation scenarios based on the holographic MQCD model of Aharony et al [1]. The scenarios can be related via T-duality to the type II B KKLMMT model [2]. They describe a probe brane configuration of p D4 branes stretching between an NS5 and NS5′ branes in the holographic background of large N D4 branes. The resulting cosmological models have a Wick-rotated D4-brane metric, with transverse dimensions compactified, and a spiralling brane with flux p. In one model, the background has a small nonextremality, and the inflaton is provided by the position of a "sliding" D4-brane, and in the other, the background is supersymmetric, but with a sliding anti-D4-brane. We obtain good and generic inflationary models, though several unknowns remain, in particular about subleading corrections. The usual caveat of volume stabilization generically spoiling slow-roll still applies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number040
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM
  • D-branes
  • M-Theory


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