Springer Theses

Perturbative and Non-perturbative Approaches to String Sigma-Models in AdS/CFT

Authors: Vescovi, Edoardo

  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin,Germany
  • Provides a clear introduction to the superstring models relevant for the N=4 super Yang-Mills (N=4 SYM) and ABJM theory, complemented by appendices and references for further reading
  • Offers pedagogical explanations of typical string perturbative calculations at one- (functional determinants) and two loops (Feynman diagrams)
  • Presents an innovative approach to 2d worldsheet theory via lattice field theory
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This thesis introduces readers to the type II superstring theories in the AdS5×S5 and AdS4×CP3 backgrounds. Each chapter exemplifies a different computational approach to measuring observables (conformal dimensions of single-trace operators and expectation values of Wilson loop operators) relevant for two supersymmetric theories: the N=4 super Yang-Mills theory and the N=6 Chern-Simons-matter (ABJM) theory. 

Perturbative techniques have traditionally been used to make quantitative predictions in quantum field theories, but they are only reliable as long as the interaction strengths are weak. The anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory (AdS/CFT) correspondence realizes physicists’ dream of studying strongly coupled quantum field theories with “enhanced” symmetries, using the methods provided by string theory. 

The first part of the thesis sets up the semiclassical quantization of worldsheet sigma-model actions around string solutions of least area in AdS space. This machinery is used to capture quantum corrections at large coupling to next-to-leading and next-to-next-to-leading order by solving the determinants of partial differential operators and by computing Feynman diagrams, respectively. In turn, the second part presents an innovative approach based on Monte Carlo simulations to finite coupling for a lattice-discretized model of the AdS5×S5 superstring action.

The thesis focuses on fundamental aspects, as well as on applications previously published by the author, and offers a valuable reference work for anyone interested in the most recent developments in this field.

About the authors

Edoardo Vescovi received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. in Physics at Parma University (Italy) in the groups of Prof. Raffaella Burioni and Prof. Luca Griguolo respectively. He completed his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at Humboldt University Berlin (Germany) in 2016 in the Independent Emmy Noether Research Group "Gauge Fields from Strings" led by Prof. Dr. Valentina Forini.



Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Vescovi, Edoardo

    Pages 1-32

  • Superstring Actions in $$AdS_5\times S^5$$ and $$AdS_4\times \mathbb {CP}^3$$ Spaces

    Vescovi, Edoardo

    Pages 33-50

  • Geometric Properties of Semiclassically Quantized Strings

    Vescovi, Edoardo

    Pages 51-76

  • “Exact” Semiclassical Quantization of Folded Spinning Strings

    Vescovi, Edoardo

    Pages 77-94

  • Towards Precision Holography for Latitude Wilson Loops

    Vescovi, Edoardo

    Pages 95-128

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perturbative and Non-perturbative Approaches to String Sigma-Models in AdS/CFT
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63420-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63420-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63419-7
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 239
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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