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Brane polarization is no cure for tachyons

Abstract : Anti-M2 and anti-D3 branes placed in regions with charges dissolved in fluxes have a tachyon in their near-horizon region, which causes these branes to repel each other. If the branes are on the Coulomb branch this tachyon gives rise to a runaway behavior, but when the branes are polarized into five-branes this tachyon only appears to lower the energy of the polarized branes, without affecting its stability. We analyze brane polarization in the presence of a brane-brane-repelling tachyon and show that when the branes are polarized along the direction of the tachyon the polarized shell is unstable. This implies that tachyons cannot be cured by brane polarization and indicates that, at least in a certain regime of parameters, anti-D3 branes polarized into NS5 branes at the bottom of the Klebanov-Strassler solution have an instability.
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Iosif Bena, Stanislav Kuperstein. Brane polarization is no cure for tachyons. Journal of High Energy Physics, Springer, 2015, 09, pp.112. ⟨10.1007/JHEP09(2015)112⟩. ⟨cea-01180184⟩

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