Insights and puzzles from branes: 4d SUSY Yang-Mills from 6d models

A. Marshakov, M. Martellini, A. Morozov

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5-branes of nontrivial topology are associated in the Diaconescu-Hanany-Witten-Witten (DHWW) approach with the Seiberg-Witten (SW) theory of low-energy effective actions. There are two different "pictures", related to the IIA and IIB phases of M-theory. They differ by the choice of 6d theory on the 5-brane world volume. In the IIB picture it is just the 6d SUSY Yang-Mills, while in the IIA picture it is a theory of SUSY self-dual 2-form. These two pictures appear capable to describe the (non-abelian) Lax operator and (abelian) low-energy effective action respectively. Thus IIB-IIA duality is related to the duality between Hitchin and Whitham integrable structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-302
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 1998
Externally publishedYes


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