To gauge or not to gauge?

  • Juan Maldacena
  • Alexey Milekhin
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


The D0 brane, or BFSS, matrix model is a quantum mechanical theory with an interesting gravity dual. We consider a variant of this model where we treat the SU(N) symmetry as a global symmetry, rather than as a gauge symmetry. This variant contains new non-singlet states. We consider the impact of these new states on its gravity dual. We argue that the gravity dual is essentially the same as the one for the original matrix model. The non-singlet states have higher energy at strong coupling and are therefore dynamically suppressed.


AdS-CFT Correspondence D-branes Gauge Symmetry M(atrix) Theories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Natural SciencesInstitute for Advanced StudyPrincetonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentPrinceton UniversityPrincetonU.S.A.

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