# Questions tagged [wilson-loop]

In gauge theory, a Wilson loop is a gauge-invariant observable obtained from the holonomy of the gauge connection around a given (closed) loop $C$. It is the trace of a path-ordered exponential of the gauge field $A_\mu$ transported along $C$, $W_C := \mathrm{Tr}(\mathcal{P}\exp i \oint_C A_\mu dx^\mu)$, where $\mathcal{P}$ is the path-ordering operator.

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### Where can I find the calculation of the holographic dual to the circular 't Hooft loop?

I know that for a Wilson loop, in the fundamental representation, the dual is a string worldsheet ending on the loop at the boundary of AdS. Similarly, I guess that the object corresponding to ’t ...
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### Is Loop Quantum Gravity related with loops?

I read this article on wikipedia on loops. And I wondered if the loops of loop quantum gravity have the algebraic structure of loops or it's just a coincidence.
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### BPS Wilson loop operators and supersymmetries

In recent papers the circular Wilson loop in $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM is always called a 1/2 BPS operator. So, my initial idea was that a 1/2-BPS operator was an operator that preserves half of the ...
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### What is the physical meaning of Wilson loops?

I'm a mathematician trying to get some very basic physical intuition on gauge theories, so I apologize if what follows is really naive. My first super elementary question is: Am I right to think ...
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### Are these the only gauge-invariant functions of $A_\mu$?

I know off course that $F_{\mu\nu}$ is a gauge invariant function of $A_\mu$ in the abelian case. Also we have $\epsilon^{\alpha\beta\mu\nu} F_{\alpha\beta}F_{\mu\nu}$ in that case. Are there any ...
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### Circular Wilson Loop in AdS/CFT

I'm trying to get the AdS solution to the circular wilson loop. The standard AdS metric is: $ds^2 = \frac{L^2}{z^2}(\eta_{\mu \nu} dx^{\mu} dx^{\nu} + dz^2)$ If I take the circle of radius R at ...
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### $\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang Mills propagators

In $\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang mills there are only massless particles. If one wishes to obtain a heavy quark one can see the SYM theory as a stack of (N+1)-branes in AdS$_5 \times$S$^5$ where one ...
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### Wilson Loop in AdS/CFT

In AdS/CFT correspondence one can compare results in $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM with string theory type IIB in $AdS_5 \times S^5$. One of the observables that it's possible to get non-perturbative results is ...
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### Supertrace of holonomy of commutator

On page 47 of Surface operators in four-dimensional topological gauge theory and Langlands duality by Kapustin et al., the following expression is given \begin{equation} \delta\mathcal{N}=d(\omega_\...
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### Coordinate variation of a Wilson loop [duplicate]

In Chern Simons Gauge Theory as a String Theory, Witten derives the general coordinate variation of a Wilson loop, i.e., equation 3.11. My question is, how does one derive this? I only managed to ...
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### How to calculate thd average of a Wilson loop in LQCD?

I'm am trying to do the excercise in page 35 from Lepage's LQCD notes: http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-lat/0506036. I want to compute the thermal average of the Wilson loop of size $a\times a$, where $a$ is ...
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### Homeomorphism between the space of all Ashtekar connections and spacetime?

Excerpt from an essay of mine: Let $\Psi(\varsigma)$ be the wavefunction in the loop representation, where $\varsigma:[0,1]\to\mathcal{M}$, where $\mathcal{M}$ is spacetime. Then, let $\mathcal{A}$ ...
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### an Abelian complex statistical phase from exchanging non-Abelian anyons?

We have some discussions in Phys.SE. about the braiding statistics of anyons from a Non-Abelian Chern-Simon theory, or non-Abelian anyons in general. May I ask: under what (physical or mathematical) ...
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