The AdS/CFT correspondence is a special case of the holographic principle. It states that a quantum gravitating theory in Anti-de-Sitter (AdS) space is exactly equivalent to the gauge theory/Conformal Field Theory (CFT) on its boundary.

Use this tag for questions pertaining to the AdS/CFT correspondence, matrix models, etc.

It is also known as Maldacena Duality or Gauge-Gravity Duality. It is commonly applied in the context of string theory, and has given rise to various important results. Notable examples include:

  • BFSS Matrix theory, also known as M(atrix) theory.

  • Matrix Type IIA string theory.

  • Matrix Horava-Witten string theory.

Note, however, that all three of these were discovered before AdS/CFT was. Maldacena proposed AdS/CFT as a generalisation of these examples.

Relevant questions:

Good introductory text for matrix string theory

M(atrix) theory and things other than D0-branes? And is it non-peturbative M-theory or non-peturbative Type IIA theory?

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