## Abstract

The logarithmic running of marginal double-trace operators is a general feature of 4-d field theories containing scalar fields in the adjoint or bifundamental representation. Such operators provide leading contributions in the large-N limit; therefore, the leading terms in their beta functions must vanish for a theory to be large-N conformal. We calculate the one-loop beta functions in orbifolds of the N ≤ 4 SYM theory by a discrete subgroup Γ of the SU(4) R-symmetry, which are dual to string theory on AdS_{5} × S^{5}/Γ. We present a general strategy for determining whether there is a fixed line passing through the origin of the coupling constant space. Then we study in detail some classes of non-supersymmetric orbifold theories. Among our examples, which include orbifolds acting freely on the S^{5}, we do not find any large-N non-supersymmetric theories with fixed lines passing through the origin. Connection of these results with closed string tachyon condensation in AdS_{5} × S^{5}/Γ is discussed.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 333-360 |

Number of pages | 28 |

Journal | Journal of High Energy Physics |

Issue number | 8 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Aug 1 2005 |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Nuclear and High Energy Physics