Quantum spinning strings in AdS 4 × ℂ ℙ 3: Testing the Bethe Ansatz proposal

Tristan McLoughlin, Radu Roiban, Arkady A. Tseytlin

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Recently, an asymptotic Bethe Ansatz that is claimed to describe anomalous dimensions of ''long'' operators in the planar = 6 supersymmetric three-dimensional Chern-Simons-matter theory dual to quantum superstrings in AdS 4 × ℂ ℙ 3 was proposed. It initially passed a few consistency checks but subsequent direct comparison to one-loop string-theory computations created some controversy. Here we suggest a resolution by pointing out that, contrary to the initial assumption based on the algebraic curve considerations, the central interpolating function h(λ) entering the BMN or magnon dispersion relation receives a non-zero one-loop correction in the natural string-theory computational scheme. We consider a basic example which has already played a key role in the AdS 5 × S 5 case: a rigid circular string stretched in both AdS 4 and along an S 1 of ℂ ℙ 3 and carrying two spins. Computing the leading one-loop quantum correction to its energy allows us to fix the constant one-loop term in h(λ) and also to suggest how one may establish a correspondence with the Bethe Ansatz proposal, including the non-trivial one-loop phase factor. We discuss some problems which remain in trying to match a part of world-sheet contributions (sensitive to compactness of the worldsheet space-like direction) and their Bethe Ansatz counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number069
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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