Hardcover: 548 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 7, 2015)
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Any methodology for solving difficult problems in string theory or quantum field theory that seems to show some promise is always welcomed by practitioners in these two areas. Historically, most of the emphasis has been in perturbative calculations, which cannot be used for problems that involved strong coupling, such as quantum chromodynamics or the general bound state problem in quantum field theory.This book outlines an interesting approach to these types of problems that is based on a paper that was written by Juan Malcadena in 1998 and which has instigated a considerable amount of research since then. Marketed (with some justification) as a technique for studying strongly coupled field theories, the AdS/CFT correspondence is described as a map relating gravitational theories on asymptotically Anti-de Sitter spacetimes to conformal field theories. Those readers who want to familiarize themselves with this approach, and the more general methodology that is designated as ‘gauge/gravity duality’, will find the presentation adequate, as long as they are very familiar with superstring theory, supergravity, the mathematical formalism of general relativity, quantum chromodynamics, and of course conformal field theories in their different guises. The authors do give and overview of some of this background in the first four chapters, but readers who are not familiar with this material may find it heavy-going and too terse.Some readers may be skeptical regarding the claim that N = 4 super Yang-Mills theory in 3 + 1 dimensions is “dynamically equivalent” to type IIB superstring theory on AdS(5) X S(5).
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