M2-branes and AdS/CFT

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Abstract

We provide a brief introduction to the ABJM theory, the level k U(N) × U(N) superconformal Chern-Simons matter theory which has been conjectured to describe N coincident M2-branes. We discuss its dual formulation in terms of M-theory on AdS4 × S7/k and review some of the evidence in favor of the conjecture. We end with a brief discussion of the important role played by the monopole operators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-350
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics A
Volume25
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 30 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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