Citation
Swanson, Ian Jakov (2005) Superstring holography and integrability in AdS_5 x S^5. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd05042005144547
Abstract
The AdS/CFT correspondence provides a rich testing ground for many important topics in theoretical physics. The earliest and most striking example of the correspondence is the conjectured duality between the energy spectrum of type IIB superstring theory on AdS_5 x S^5 and the operator anomalous dimensions of N=4 supersymmetric YangMills theory in four dimensions. While there is a substantial amount of evidence in support of this conjecture, direct tests have been elusive. The difficulty of quantizing superstring theory in a curved RamondRamond background is compounded by the problem of computing anomalous dimensions for nonBPS operators in the strongly coupled regime of the gauge theory. The former problem can be circumvented to some extent by taking a Penrose limit of AdS_5 x S^5, reducing the background to that of a ppwave (where the string theory is soluble). A corresponding limit of the gauge theory was discovered by Berenstein, Maldacena and Nastase, who obtained successful agreement between a class of operator dimensions in this limit and corresponding string energies in the Penrose limit. In this dissertation we present a body of work based largely on the introduction of worldsheet interaction corrections to the free ppwave string theory by lifting the Penrose limit of AdS_5 x S^5. This provides a new class of rigorous tests of AdS/CFT that probe a truly quantum realm of the string theory. By studying the correspondence in greater detail, we stand to learn not only about how the duality is realized on a more microscopic level, but how YangMills theories behave at strong coupling. The methods presented here will hopefully contribute to the realization of these important goals.
Item Type:  Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.)) 

Subject Keywords:  AdS/CFT; gauge theory; holography; integrability; string theory; supersymmetry 
Degree Grantor:  California Institute of Technology 
Division:  Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy 
Major Option:  Physics 
Thesis Availability:  Public (worldwide access) 
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Group:  Caltech Theory 
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Defense Date:  19 April 2005 
NonCaltech Author Email:  swanson (AT) theory.caltech.edu 
Record Number:  CaltechETD:etd05042005144547 
Persistent URL:  http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd05042005144547 
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ID Code:  1600 
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Deposited On:  05 May 2005 
Last Modified:  12 Dec 2018 22:54 
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