Wilson loops: From 4D supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory to 2D Yang-Mills theory

Nadav Drukker, Simone Giombi, Riccardo Ricci, Diego Trancanelli

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In this paper we study supersymmetric Wilson loops restricted to an S2 submanifold of four-dimensional space in N=4 super Yang-Mills theory. We provide evidence from both perturbation theory and the AdS dual that those loops are equal to the analogous observables in two-dimensional Yang-Mills on S2 (excluding nonperturbative contributions). This relates a subsector of N=4 SYM to a low-dimensional soluble model and also suggests that this subsector of N=4 SYM is invariant under area preserving diffeomorphisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number047901
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 25 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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