We consider the world surface in AdS 5 that ends on two intersecting null lines at the boundary. The corresponding superstring partition function describes the expectation value of the Wilson line with a null cusp in dual large N maximally supersymmetric gauge theory and thus determines the cusp anomaly function f() of the gauge coupling or the string tension λ/2π. The first two coefficients in its strong-coupling or string inverse tension expansion were determined in hep-th/0210115 (a 0 = 1) and in arXiv:0707.4254 (a 1 = - 3 ln 2). Here we find that the 2-loop coefficient is a 2 = -K where K is the Catalan's constant. This is in agreement (expected on the general grounds) with the previous results for f() as the coefficient of ln S term in the energy of the closed spinning string in AdS 5. The string theory value for a 2 is in agreement with the numerical result in hep-th/0611135 and the recent analytic result in arXiv:0708.3933 for the coefficients in strong-coupling Ssolution of the BES equation. We explicitly verify the cancellation of all 2-loop logarithmic divergences thus demonstrating the quantum consistency of the AdS 5×S 5 superstring action at this order. We also discuss the structure of the three and higher string loop corrections to the cusp anomaly function giving a 2d QFT diagrammatic interpretation to the result of arXiv:0708.3933 for the solution of the BES equation following from the Bethe ansatz prescription for the spectrum of the theory.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics