Vibration modes of giant gravitons

Sumit R. Das, Antal Jevicki, Samir D. Mathur

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We examine the spectrum of small vibrations of giant gravitons when the gravitons expand in anti-de Sitter space and when they expand on the sphere. For any given angular harmonic, the modes are found to have frequencies related to the curvature length scale of the background; these frequencies are independent of radius (and hence angular momentum) of the brane itself. This implies that the holographic dual theory must have, in a given R charge sector, low-lying non-BPS excitations with level spacings independent of the R charge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024013
JournalPhysical review D
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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