One-loop structure of higher rank Wilson loops in AdS/CFT

Alberto Faraggi, James T. Liu, Leopoldo A. Pando Zayas, Guojun Zhang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Citations (Scopus)


The half-supersymmetric Wilson loop in N=4 SYM is arguably the central non-local operator in the AdS/CFT correspondence. On the field theory side, the vacuum expectation values of Wilson loops in arbitrary representations of SU(N) are captured to all orders in perturbation theory by a Gaussian matrix model. Of prominent interest are the k-symmetric and k-antisymmetric representations, whose gravitational description is given in terms of D3- and D5-branes, respectively, with fluxes in their world volumes. At leading order in N and λ the agreement in both cases is exact. In this note we explore the structure of the next-to-leading order correction in the matrix model and compare it with existing string theory calculations. We find agreement in the functional dependence on k but a mismatch in the numerical coefficients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-221
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'One-loop structure of higher rank Wilson loops in AdS/CFT'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this