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BMN matrix model revisited

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We revisit the Berenstein-Maldacena-Nastase (BMN) conjecture relating M-theory on a PP-wave background and Matrix Quantum Mechanics (MQM) of N×N matrices. In particular, we study the BMN MQM at strong coupling and finite N and derive an effective Hamiltonian that describes non-relativistic free particles in a harmonic trap. The energy spectrum predicted by this Hamiltonian matches the supergravity excitation spectrum around the PP-wave background, if we further assume the existence of bound states. Our derivation is based on the strong coupling expansion of the wavefunction and supersedes the naive path integral approach that can lead to incorrect results, as we demonstrate in a simple toy model. We conclude by discussing the relation between the BMN conjecture and AdS_4/CFT_3.

This talk is part of the Quantum Fields and Strings Seminars series.

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