Attractive holographic baryons

Anatoly Dymarsky, Dmitry Melnikov, Jacob Sonnenschein

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We propose a holographic model of baryon interactions based on nonsupersymmetric D7-D7 flavor branes embedded in the Klebanov-Strassler background. The baryons are D3-branes wrapping the S3 of the conifold with M strings connecting the D3 and the flavor branes. Depending on the location of the latter there are two possibilities: the D3 either remains separate from the flavor branes or dissolves in them and becomes a flavor instanton. The leading order interaction between the baryons is a competition between the attraction and the repulsion due to the sigma and omega mesons. The lightest 0++ particle s is a pseudo-Goldstone boson associated with the spontaneous breaking of scale invariance. In a certain range of parameters it is parametrically lighter than any other massive state. As a result at large distances baryons attract each other. At short distances the potential admits a repulsive core due to an exchange of the ? vector meson. We discuss baryon coupling to glueballs, massive mesons and pions and point out the condition for the model to have a small binding energy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number145
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011


  • D-branes
  • Gauge-gravity correspondence
  • Supergravity models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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