Confinement in anti-de Sitter space

Ofer Aharony, Micha Berkooz, David Tong, Shimon Yankielowicz

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Four dimensional gauge theories in anti-de Sitter space, including pure Yang-Mills theory, exhibit a quantum phase transition between a deconfined phase and a confined phase as the gauge coupling is varied. We explore various mechanisms by which this may occur, both in a fixed background and in the presence of gravity. We also make a number of observations on the dynamics of four dimensional supersymmetric gauge theories in anti-de Sitter space.

Original languageEnglish
Article number76
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • Confinement
  • Nonperturbative Effects


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