On integrable models from pp-wave string backgrounds

Ioannis Bakas*, Jacob Sonnenschein

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We construct solutions of type-IIB supergravity with non-trivial Ramond-Ramond 5-form in ten dimensions by replacing the transverse flat space of pp-wave backgrounds with exact N = (4, 4) c = 4 superconformal field theory blocks. These solutions, which also include a dilaton and (in some cases) an anti-symmetric tensor field, lead to integrable models on the world-sheet in the light-cone gauge of string theory. In one instance we demonstrate explicitly the emergence of the complex sine-Gordon model, which coincides with integrable perturbations of the corresponding superconformal building blocks in the transverse space. In other cases we arrive at the supersymmetric Liouville theory or at the complex sine-Liouville model. For axionic instantons in the transverse space, as for the (semi)-wormhole geometry, we obtain an entire class of supersymmetric pp-wave backgrounds by solving the Killing spinor equations as in flat space, supplemented by the appropriate chiral projections; as such, they generalize the usual Neveu-Schwarz flve-brane solution of type-IIB supergravity in the presence of a Ramond-Ramond 5-form. We also present some further examples of interacting light-cone models and we briefly discuss the role of dualities in the resulting string theory backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1017-1081
Number of pages65
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2002


  • AdS-CFT and dS-CFT Correspondence
  • Penrose limit and pp-wave background
  • Superstrings and Heterotic Strings


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