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Quantum 't Hooft operators and $S$-duality in $N=4$ super Yang-Mills

Jaume Gomis, Takuya Okuda, and Diego Trancanelli

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Abstract

We provide a quantum path integral definition of an ’t Hooft loop operator, which inserts a point-like monopole in a four-dimensional gauge theory. We explicitly compute the expectation value of the circular ’t Hooft operators in $N = 4$ super Yang–Mills with arbitrary gauge group $G$ up to next to leading order in perturbation theory. We also compute in the strong coupling expansion the expectation value of the circular Wilson loop operators. The result of the computation of an ’t Hooft loop operator in the weak coupling expansion exactly reproduces the strong coupling result of the conjectured dual Wilson loop operator under the action of $S$-duality. This paper demonstrates — for the first time — that correlation functions in $N = 4$ super Yang–Mills admit the action of $S$-duality.

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Source
Adv. Theor. Math. Phys., Volume 13, Number 6 (2009), 1941-1981.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 17 August 2010

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.atmp/1282054381

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2679001

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1200.81109

Citation

Gomis, Jaume; Okuda, Takuya; Trancanelli, Diego. Quantum 't Hooft operators and $S$-duality in $N=4$ super Yang-Mills. Adv. Theor. Math. Phys. 13 (2009), no. 6, 1941--1981. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.atmp/1282054381


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