M theory as a matrix model: A conjecture
Abstract
We suggest and motivate a precise equivalence between uncompactified 11dimensional M theory and the N=∞ limit of the supersymmetric matrix quantum mechanics describing D0 branes. The evidence for the conjecture consists of several correspondences between the two theories. As a consequence of supersymmetry the simple matrix model is rich enough to describe the properties of the entire Fock space of massless well separated particles of the supergravity theory. In one particular kinematic situation the leading large distance interaction of these particles is exactly described by supergravity. The model appears to be a nonperturbative realization of the holographic principle. The membrane states required by M theory are contained as excitations of the matrix model. The membrane world volume is a noncommutative geometry embedded in a noncommutative spacetime.
 Publication:

Physical Review D
 Pub Date:
 April 1997
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevD.55.5112
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepth/9610043
 Bibcode:
 1997PhRvD..55.5112B
 Keywords:

 11.25.Sq;
 11.30.Pb;
 Nonperturbative techniques;
 string field theory;
 Supersymmetry;
 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
 Typo and tex error corrected. 41 pages, harvmac