Absorption of dilaton partial waves by D3-branes

Igor Klebanov, Washington Taylor IV, Mark Van Raamsdonk

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We calculate the leading term in the low-energy absorption cross section for an arbitrary partial wave of the dilaton field by a stack of many coincident D3-branes. We find that it precisely reproduces the semiclassical absorption cross section of a 3-brane geometry, including all numerical factors. The crucial ingredient in making the correspondence is the identification of the precise operators on the D3-brane world-volume which couple to the dilaton field and all its derivatives. The needed operators are related through T-duality and the IIA/M-theory correspondence to the recently determined M(atrix) theory expressions for multipole moments of the 11D supercurrent. These operators have a characteristic symmetrized trace structure which plays a key combinatorial role in the analysis for the higher partial waves. The results presented here give new evidence for an infinite family of non-renormalization theorems which are believed to exist for two-point functions in script script N = 4 gauge theory in four dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-229
Number of pages23
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Nov 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Black holes
  • D-branes


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