Friday, May 18, 2018

First testible prediction of string theory?

I. Bena et al. released a paper (arXiv:1805.06463) "Holographic dual of hot Polchinski-Strassler quark-gluon plasma" a few days ago in which the supergravity dual of hot quark-gluon plasma is studied and a particular phase transition occurs with the 5-sphere horizon topology.  This feature could be checked, they claim, by computing the theory on a lattice (4D super-QCD) and giving the first practical prediction of string theory and AdS/CFT.

Note: the manuscript is dedicated to J. Polchinski.

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