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  Flat Space Limit of AdS/CFT is S-Matrix Theory

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In an answer to this question, Ron Maimon said:

The flat-space limit of AdS/CFT boundary theory is the S-matrix theory of a flat space theory, so the result was the same--- the "boundary" theory for flat space becomes normal flat space in and out states, which define the Hilbert space, while in AdS space, these in and out states are sufficiently rich (because of the hyperbolic braching nature of AdS) that you can define a full field theory worth of states on the boundary, and the S-matrix theory turns into a unitary quantum field theory of special conformal type.

I guess this means that, in elementary flat-space scattering theory, you can consider the in and out states as in some sense lying on some sort of boundary to Minkowski space and these in and out states are the analogs of the CFT states in the AdS/CFT case.

My question is - is it possible to state this flat-space limit of AdS/CFT in more precise terms? (Maybe it involves string theory?). Any references would be appreciated.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-03-22 17:00 (UCT), posted by SE-user twistor59
asked Feb 1, 2013 in Theoretical Physics by twistor59 (2,500 points) [ no revision ]

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It is expected that the S-matrix of flat space can be obtained as a certain limit of AdS boundary correlators. I fear I can't say much more than that, but here are some references:




You can probably find more references in these works.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-03-22 17:00 (UCT), posted by SE-user Samuel Monnier
answered Jun 28, 2013 by s31415 (40 points) [ no revision ]
Thanks so much for the answer. I'll check out the refs!

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-03-22 17:00 (UCT), posted by SE-user twistor59

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