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N=2 supersymmetric RG flows and the IIB dilaton. (English) Zbl 0971.83513
Summary: We show that there is a non-trivial relationship between the dilaton of IIB supergravity, and the coset of scalar fields in five-dimensional, gauged N=8 supergravity. This has important consequences for the running of the gauge coupling in massive perturbations of the AdS/CFT correspondence. We conjecture an exact analytic expression for the ten-dimensional dilaton in terms of five-dimensional quantities, and we test this conjecture. Specifically, we construct a family of solutions to IIB supergravity that preserve half of the supersymmetries, and are lifts of supersymmetric flows in five-dimensional, gauged N=8 supergravity. Via the AdS/CFT correspondence these flows correspond to softly broken N=4, large N Yang-Mills theory on part of the Coulomb branch of N=2 supersymmetric Yang-Mills. Our solutions involve non-trivial backgrounds for all the tensor gauge fields as well as for the dilaton and axion.

83E50 Supergravity
81T60 Supersymmetric field theories in quantum mechanics
81T17 Renormalization group methods applied to problems in quantum field theory
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