Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Mathematik


Integrability of the AdS_5 x S^5 superstring and its deformations.


Stijn J. van Tongeren


Preprint series: Institut für Mathematik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ISSN 0863-0976), 2013-18


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Abstract: Based on the author's PhD thesis, this article reviews the application of integrability to the spectral problem of strings on AdS_5 x S^5 and its deformations. We begin with a pedagogical introduction to integrable field theories culminating in the description of their finite-volume spectra through the thermodynamic Bethe ansatz. Next, we apply these ideas to the AdS_5 x S^5 string and in later chapters discuss how to account for particular integrable deformations. Through the AdS/CFT correspondence this gives an exact description of anomalous scaling dimensions of single trace operators in planar N=4 supersymmetry Yang-Mills theory, its `orbifolds', and beta and gamma-deformed supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. We also touch upon some subtleties arising in these deformed theories. Furthermore, we consider complex excited states (bound states) in the su(2) sector and give their thermodynamic Bethe ansatz description. Finally we discuss the thermodynamic Bethe ansatz for a quantum deformation of the AdS_5 x S^5 superstring S-matrix, with close relations to among others Pohlmeyer reduced string theory.