nLab giant graviton



String theory

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neutron (udd)(u d d)

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In string theory by a giant graviton one refers to a D-brane- or M-brane-configuration which wraps a contractible cycle stabilized not by topology (as for usual wrapped branes) or by flux (as for polarized branes), but by angular momentum, usually along the equator of the n-sphere-factor in a Freund-Rubin compactification.


In the BMN matrix model

The supersymmetric classical solutions of the BMN matrix model are configurations of fuzzy 2-spheres, corresponding to M2-brane-giant gravitons (BMN 02 (5.4), DSJVR 02).



The concept was introduced in

for branes in anti de Sitter spacetime times an n-sphere and generalized to other near horizon geometries in

  • S. R. Das, S. P.. Trivedi, S. Vaidya, Magnetic Moments of Branes and Giant Gravitons, JHEP 0010 (2000) 037 (arXiv:hep-th/0008203)

  • Andrei Mikhailov, Giant Gravitons from Holomorphic Surfaces, JHEP 0011 (2000) 027 (arXiv:hep-th/0010206)

  • J. M. Camino, A.V. Ramallo, Giant Gravitons with NSNS B field, JHEP 0109:012,2001 (arXiv:hep-th/0107142)


Further discussion:

Specifically M2-M5 brane bound state giant gravitons are discussed in:

  • J. M. Camino, A. V. Ramallo, M-Theory Giant Gravitons with C field, Phys. Lett. B525:337-346, 2002 (arXiv:hep-th/0110096)

  • Shinji Hirano, Yuki Sato, Giant graviton interactions and M2-branes ending on multiple M5-branes, JHEP 05 (2018) 065 (arXiv:1803.04172)

Relation to polarized branes

On the relation of polarized branes to giant gravitons:

Under AdS/CFT

Discussion of SYM-duals of giant gravitons and indexing of BPS states by Young diagrams:

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