2D Yang-Mills theory as a Matrix String theory

  • Marco Billò
  • Michele Caselle
  • Alessandro D’Adda
  • Paolo Provero
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 525)


String-like states appear naturally in the spectrum of two-dimensional Yang-Mills theory (YM2) on a torus, quantized in the gauge where the field strength is diagonal. These states are completely analogous to the ones appearing in Matrix String theory, and originate from topological obstructions to a global smooth diagonalization.


Partition Function Riemann Surface Wilson Loop Gauge Field Twisted Sector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Billò
    • 1
  • Michele Caselle
    • 2
  • Alessandro D’Adda
    • 2
  • Paolo Provero
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituut voor theoretische fysicaKatholieke Universiteit LuevenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica Teorica dell’Università di TorinoIstituto Nazionale di Fisica NucleareTorinoItaly

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