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Testing Gauge/Gravity Duality: The Eleven-Dimensional PP-Wave


Wu, Xinkai (2004) Testing Gauge/Gravity Duality: The Eleven-Dimensional PP-Wave. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/0JV2-RT78.


The gauge/gravity duality in the interaction between M theory objects has taught us a lot about quantum gravity. The eleven-dimensional PP-wave background provides a new arena for exploring this duality beyond flat and almost flat, i.e., weakly curved, backgrounds. In this thesis we discuss the gauge theories that describe the dynamics of interacting M theory objects, the supergravity calculations that capture these dynamics, the comparison of the two sides, and various objects (such as gravitons and membranes) in the eleven-dimensional PP-wave background. We only consider the one-loop gauge theory and linearized supergravity approximations.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:M-theory; Matrix theory; supergravity
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Schwarz, John H.
Group:Caltech Theory
Thesis Committee:
  • Schwarz, John H. (chair)
  • Weinstein, Alan Jay
  • Kapustin, Anton N.
  • Wise, Mark B.
Defense Date:21 May 2004
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05252004-230238
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ID Code:2048
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Deposited On:28 May 2004
Last Modified:22 Jan 2021 01:38

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