Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 185, Issue 3, pp 543–619 | Cite as

Large N 2D Yang-Mills Theory and Topological String Theory

  • Stefan Cordes
  • Gregory Moore
  • Sanjaye Ramgoolam

Abstract:

We describe a topological string theory which reproduces many aspects of the 1/N expansion of SU(N) Yang-Mills theory in two spacetime dimensions in the zero coupling (A= 0) limit. The string theory is a modified version of topological gravity coupled to a topological sigma model with spacetime as target. The derivation of the string theory relies on a new interpretation of Gross and Taylor's “Ω-1 points ”. We describe how inclusion of the area, coupling of chiral sectors, and Wilson loop expectation values can be incorporated in the topological string approach.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Cordes
    • 1
  • Gregory Moore
    • 1
  • Sanjaye Ramgoolam
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Physics, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, USA.¶E-mail: stefan@swaps.ml.com, moore@castalia.physics.yale.edu, ramgoola@puhep1.princeton.eduUS

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