## Ronen Plesser : `Toric duality is Seiberg duality

- String Theory ( 31 Views )We study four N=1 SU(N)^6 gauge theories, with bi-fundamental chiral matter and a superpotential. In the infrared, these gauge theories all realize the low-energy world-volume description of N coincident D3-branes transverse to the complex cone over a del Pezzo surface dP_3 which is the blowup of P^2 at three generic points. Therefore, the four gauge theories are expected to fall into the same universality class--an example of a phenomenon that has been termed "toric duality." However, little independent evidence has been given that such theories are infrared-equivalent. In fact, we show that the four gauge theories are related by the N=1 duality of Seiberg, vindicating this expectation. We also study holographic aspects of these gauge theories. In particular we relate the spectrum of chiral operators in the gauge theories to wrapped D3-brane states in the AdS dual description. We finally demonstrate that the other known examples of toric duality are related by N=1 duality, a fact which we conjecture holds generally.

## Ronen Plesser : Conformal Field Theories from Branes at Singularities

- String Theory ( 30 Views )We study the conformal field theory describing the extreme low-energy excitations of parallel D3-branes located at a singular point of the transverse space. For quotient singularities such a description is known. Using the fact that partial resolutions of quotient singularities contain other kinds of singular points, as well as a mapping of the moduli space of a singularity onto the parameter space of the corresponding field theory, we compute the worldvolume field theory for branes at more general singularities. We compare our results to the predictions of an extended version of Maldacena's AdS/CFT correspondence as presented last week by D. Morrison.

## Shamit Kachru : Fun with Supersymmetric Three-Cycles

- String Theory ( 26 Views )We study the physics of D6 branes wrapped on supersymmetric three-cycles in type IIA string theory. In particular, we argue that although the superpotential in the resulting field theories vanishes to all orders in \alpha', nonperturbative contributions (from disk instantons) should generically be present. We discuss how mirror symmetry can relate these to tree-level sigma model computations in some circumstances. We also present an illustration of the role that background closed string moduli play in the brane worldvolume theory.