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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2010, Article ID 196714, 93 pages
Review Article

Unquenched Flavor in the Gauge/Gravity Correspondence

1Department of Physics, University of Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
2Departament de Física Fonamental, ICCUB Institut de Ciències del Cosmos, Universitat de Barcelona, Martí i Franquès 1, 08028, Barcelona, Spain
3Departamento de Física de Partículas, Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Enerxías (IGFAE), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Received 26 February 2010; Accepted 25 May 2010

Academic Editor: Radoslav C. Rashkov

Copyright © 2010 Carlos Núñez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Within the AdS/CFT correspondence, we review the studies of field theories with a large number of adjoint and fundamental fields, in the Veneziano limit. We concentrate in set-ups where the fundamentals are introduced by a smeared set of D-branes. We make emphasis on the general ideas and then in subsequent chapters that can be read independently and describe particular considerations in various different models. Some new material is presented along the various sections.