Quantum fluctuations of Wilson loops from string models

Y. Kinar, E. Schreiber, J. Sonnenschein, N. Weiss

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We discuss the impact of quadratic quantum fluctuations on the Wilson loop extracted from classical string theory. We show that a large class of models, which includes the near horizon limit of Dp branes with 16 supersymmetries, admits a Lüscher type correction to the classical potential. For a BPS configuration of a single quark in the AdS5×S5 model, we show that the bosonic and the fermionic determinants cancel, in particular confirming the absence of divergences. We find that for the Wilson loop in that model, however, there is no such cancellation. For string models that correspond to gauge theories in the confining phase, we show that the correction to the potential is of a Lüscher type and is attractive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-104
Number of pages29
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 4 Sep 2000


  • 11.15.-q
  • 11.15.Kc
  • 11.25.-w
  • 12.38.Aw
  • 12.60.Jv
  • AdS/CFT correspondence
  • Confinement
  • Semi-classical approximation
  • Wilson loops


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