Moduli dynamics as a predictive tool for thermal maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills at large \(N\). (English) Zbl 1388.83486

Summary: Maximally supersymmetric (\(p\) + 1)-dimensional Yang-Mills theory at large \(N\) and finite temperature, with possibly compact spatial directions, has a rich phase structure. Strongly coupled phases may have holographic descriptions as black branes in various string duality frames, or there may be no gravity dual. In this paper we provide tools in the gauge theory which give a simple and unified picture of the various strongly coupled phases, and transitions between them. Building on our previous work we consider the effective theory describing the moduli of the gauge theory, which can be computed precisely when it is weakly coupled far out on the Coulomb branch. Whilst for perturbation theory naive extrapolation from weak coupling to strong gives little information, for this moduli theory naive extrapolation from its weakly to its strongly coupled regime appears to encode a surprising amount of information about the various strongly coupled phases. We argue it encodes not only the parametric form of thermodynamic quantities for these strongly coupled phases, but also certain transcendental factors with a geometric origin, and allows one to deduce transitions between the phases. We emphasise it also gives predictions for the behaviour of other observables in these phases.


83C57 Black holes
83C47 Methods of quantum field theory in general relativity and gravitational theory
83E30 String and superstring theories in gravitational theory
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