AdS/CFT correspondence and topological field theory

Edward Witten

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Abstract

In N = 4 super Yang-Mills theory on a four-manifold M, one can specify a discrete magnetic flux valued in H2(M, ℤN) This flux is encoded in the AdS/CFT correspondence in terms of a five-dimensional topological field theory with Chern-Simons action. A similar topological field theory in seven dimensions governs the space of "conformai blocks" of the six-dimensional (0, 2) conformal field theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)XXII-30
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume2
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • 1/N Expansion
  • String Duality
  • Topological Field Theories

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