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Holographic glueballs from the circle reduction of Romans supergravity
Journal of High Energy Physics, Volume: 2019, Issue: 2
Swansea University Authors: , , , , Maurizio Piai
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We reconsider a one-parameter class of known solutions of the circle compactification of Romans six-dimensional half-maximal supergravity. The gauge-theory duals ofthese solutions are confining four-dimensional field theories. Their UV completions consist of the compactification on a circle of a hig...
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We reconsider a one-parameter class of known solutions of the circle compactification of Romans six-dimensional half-maximal supergravity. The gauge-theory duals ofthese solutions are confining four-dimensional field theories. Their UV completions consist of the compactification on a circle of a higher-dimensional field theory that is flowing between two fixed points in five dimensions. We systematically study the bosonic fluctuations of the supergravity theory, corresponding to the bosonic glueballs of the dual field theory.We perform numerically the calculation of the spectrum of excitations of all the bosonic fields, several of which had been disregarded in earlier work on the subject. We discuss the results as a function of the one parameter characterising the class of background solutions, hence further extending known results. We show how certain towers of states areindependent of the background, and compare these states to existing lattice literature on four-dimensional Yang-Mills (pure) gauge theories, confirming the existence of close similarities.For the aforementioned analysis, we construct gauge-invariant combinations of the fields appearing in the reduction to five dimensions of the supergravity theory, and hence focus on the 32 physical bosonic degrees of freedom. We show explicitly how to implement gauge fixing of the supergravity theory. The results of such technical work could be used toanalyse the spectra of other theories proposed in the context of top-down holography. For example, it could be applied to holographic realisations of composite-Higgs and light-dilaton scenarios.
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