Testing the AdS/CFT Correspondence

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This lecture begins with some history and basic facts about string theory and its connections with strong interactions. Comparisons of stacks of Dirichlet branes with curved backgrounds produced by them are used to motivate the AdS/CFT correspondence between superconformal gauge theory and string theory on a product of Anti-de Sitter space and a compact manifold. The ensuing duality between semi-classical spinning strings and long gauge theory operators is briefly reviewed. We go on to describe a recent test of the AdS/CFT correspondence using the Wilson loop cusp anomaly as a function of the coupling, which also enters dimensions of high-spin operators. Finally, strongly coupled thermal SYM theory is explored via a black hole in 5-dimensional AdS space, which leads to explicit results for its entropy and shear viscosity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTen Years of AdS/CFT
EditorsMartin Schvellinger, Jose D. Edelstein, Nicolas Grandi, Carmen Nunez
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780735405554
StatePublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference on 10 Years of AdS/CFT - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: Dec 19 2017Dec 21 2017

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


OtherInternational Conference on 10 Years of AdS/CFT
CityBuenos Aires

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Entropy
  • Gauge Theory
  • High-spin Operators
  • String Theory
  • Strong Interactions
  • Viscosity


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