Undulating strings and gauge theory waves

Curtis G. Callan, Alberto Güijosa

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We study some dynamical aspects of the correspondence between strings in AdS space and external heavy quarks in script N = 4 SYM. Specifically, by examining waves propagating on such strings, we make some plausible (and some surprising) inferences about the time-dependent fields produced by oscillating quarks in the strongly coupled gauge theory. We point out a puzzle regarding energy conservation in the SYM theory. In addition, we perform a similar analysis of the gauge fields produced by a baryon (represented as a D5-brane with string-like extension in AdS space) and compare and contrast with the gauge fields produced by a quark - antiquark pair (represented as a string looping through AdS space).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-175
Number of pages19
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 17 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS/CFT
  • Radiation
  • String theory
  • Super Yang-Mills


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