Penrose limits and maximal supersymmetry

M Blau, J Figueroa-O'Farrill, C Hull, G Papadopoulos

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We show that the maximally supersymmetric pp-wave of 1113 superstring and M-theories can be obtained as a Penrose limit of the supersymmetric AdS x S solutions. In addition, we find that in a certain large tension limit, the geometry seen by a brane probe in an AdS x S background is either Minkowski space or a maximally supersymmetric pp-wave.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L87 - L95
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2002


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