Top Cited Articles of All Time (2006 edition) in hep-th

The 50 most highly cited papers of All Time (2006 edition) in the hep-th archive

Keep in mind that citation counts can never be exact, there is something like a 5% error in most of these numbers. Please do not fret about number 32 versus 33, as this is often not a statistically significant difference. Remember the detailed warning about the accuracy of these counts.

Also note that the counts shown, and used in the rankings, are the counts as of Thu 1-Feb-2007. Further, the counts shown by the ranking are only the cites satisfying the criteria for that list. Actual citation numbers in the database may change as corrections are made and papers are added, the links will take you to the updated numbers. The lists, however, will not update.

  1. 4353
    The Large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity
    By Juan M. Maldacena (Harvard U.).
    Published in:Adv.Theor.Math.Phys.2:231-252,1998, Int.J.Theor.Phys.38:1113-1133,1999 [arXiv: hep-th/9711200]
    [4470 Total citations in HEP]
  2. 2998
    Anti-de Sitter space and holography
    By Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Adv.Theor.Math.Phys.2:253-291,1998 [arXiv: hep-th/9802150]
    [3028 Total citations in HEP]
  3. 2950
    An Alternative to compactification
    By Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.Lett.83:4690-4693,1999 [arXiv: hep-th/9906064]
    [2977 Total citations in HEP]
  4. 2648
    Gauge theory correlators from noncritical string theory
    By S.S. Gubser, Igor R. Klebanov, Alexander M. Polyakov (Princeton U.).
    Published in:Phys.Lett.B428:105-114,1998 [arXiv: hep-th/9802109]
    [2674 Total citations in HEP]
  5. 2112
    String theory and noncommutative geometry
    By Nathan Seiberg, Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:JHEP 9909:032,1999 [arXiv: hep-th/9908142]
    [2122 Total citations in HEP]
  6. 1827
    Electric - magnetic duality, monopole condensation, and confinement in N=2 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory
    By N. Seiberg (Rutgers U., Piscataway & Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study), Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B426:19-52,1994, Erratum-ibid.B430:485-486,1994 [arXiv: hep-th/9407087]
    [1833 Total citations in HEP]
  7. 1606
    M theory as a matrix model: A Conjecture
    By Tom Banks (Rutgers U., Piscataway), W. Fischler (Texas U.), S.H. Shenker (Rutgers U., Piscataway), Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.D55:5112-5128,1997 [arXiv: hep-th/9610043]
    [1612 Total citations in HEP]
  8. 1597
    Heterotic and type I string dynamics from eleven-dimensions
    By Petr Horava (Princeton U.), Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B460:506-524,1996 [arXiv: hep-th/9510209]
    [1602 Total citations in HEP]
  9. 1587
    Large N field theories, string theory and gravity
    By Ofer Aharony (Rutgers U., Piscataway), Steven S. Gubser (Harvard U.), Juan M. Maldacena (Harvard U. & Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study), Hirosi Ooguri (UC, Berkeley & LBL, Berkeley), Yaron Oz (CERN).
    Published in:Phys.Rept.323:183-386,2000 [arXiv: hep-th/9905111]
    [1603 Total citations in HEP]
  10. 1541
    Dirichlet Branes and Ramond-Ramond charges
    By Joseph Polchinski (Santa Barbara, KITP).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.Lett.75:4724-4727,1995 [arXiv: hep-th/9510017]
    [1546 Total citations in HEP]
  11. 1455
    String theory dynamics in various dimensions
    By Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B443:85-126,1995 [arXiv: hep-th/9503124]
    [1460 Total citations in HEP]
  12. 1327
    Monopoles, duality and chiral symmetry breaking in N=2 supersymmetric QCD
    By N. Seiberg (Rutgers U., Piscataway & Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study), Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B431:484-550,1994 [arXiv: hep-th/9408099]
    [1333 Total citations in HEP]
  13. 1157
    Eleven-dimensional supergravity on a manifold with boundary
    By Petr Horava (Princeton U.), Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B475:94-114,1996 [arXiv: hep-th/9603142]
    [1163 Total citations in HEP]
  14. 1126
    Noncommutative geometry and matrix theory: Compactification on tori
    By Alain Connes (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette), Michael R. Douglas (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette & Rutgers U., Piscataway), Albert S. Schwarz (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette & Rutgers U., Piscataway & UC, Davis).
    Published in:JHEP 9802:003,1998 [arXiv: hep-th/9711162]
    [1131 Total citations in HEP]
  15. 1073
    Microscopic origin of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy
    By Andrew Strominger (UC, Santa Barbara), Cumrun Vafa (Harvard U.).
    Published in:Phys.Lett.B379:99-104,1996 [arXiv: hep-th/9601029]
    [1084 Total citations in HEP]
  16. 967
    Bound states of strings and p-branes
    By Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B460:335-350,1996 [arXiv: hep-th/9510135]
    [970 Total citations in HEP]
  17. 962
    Unity of superstring dualities
    By C.M. Hull (Queen Mary, U. of London), P.K. Townsend (Cambridge U.).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B438:109-137,1995 [arXiv: hep-th/9410167]
    [968 Total citations in HEP]
  18. 946
    Tasi lectures on D-branes
    By Joseph Polchinski (Santa Barbara, KITP).
    HEP Record [arXiv: hep-th/9611050]
    [946 Total citations in HEP]
  19. 923
    Strings in flat space and pp waves from N=4 superYang-Mills
    By David Berenstein, Juan M. Maldacena, Horatiu Nastase (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:JHEP 0204:013,2002 [arXiv: hep-th/0202021]
    [935 Total citations in HEP]
  20. 890
    Strong coupling expansion of Calabi-Yau compactification
    By Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B471:135-158,1996 [arXiv: hep-th/9602070]
    [892 Total citations in HEP]
  21. 889
    The Black hole in three-dimensional space-time
    By Maximo Banados (CECS, Valdivia & Chile U., Santiago), Claudio Teitelboim (CECS, Valdivia & Chile U., Santiago & Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study), Jorge Zanelli (CECS, Valdivia & Chile U., Santiago).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.Lett.69:1849-1851,1992 [arXiv: hep-th/9204099]
    [894 Total citations in HEP]
  22. 861
    Anti-de Sitter space, thermal phase transition, and confinement in gauge theories
    By Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Adv.Theor.Math.Phys.2:505-532,1998 [arXiv: hep-th/9803131]
    [871 Total citations in HEP]
  23. 857
    The World as a hologram
    By Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.).
    Published in:J.Math.Phys.36:6377-6396,1995 [arXiv: hep-th/9409089]
    [861 Total citations in HEP]
  24. 739
    De Sitter vacua in string theory
    By Shamit Kachru (Stanford U., Phys. Dept. & SLAC), Renata Kallosh, Andrei Linde (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.), Sandip P. Trivedi (Tata Inst.).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.D68:046005,2003 [arXiv: hep-th/0301240]
    [753 Total citations in HEP]
  25. 727
    Noncommutative field theory
    By Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway & IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette), Nikita A. Nekrasov (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette & Moscow, ITEP).
    Published in:Rev.Mod.Phys.73:977-1029,2001 [arXiv: hep-th/0106048]
    [738 Total citations in HEP]
  26. 714
    Evanescent black holes
    By Curtis G. Callan, Jr. (Princeton U.), Steven B. Giddings (UC, Santa Barbara), Jeffrey A. Harvey (Chicago U., EFI), Andrew Strominger (UC, Santa Barbara).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.D45:1005-1009,1992 [arXiv: hep-th/9111056]
    [714 Total citations in HEP]
  27. 696
    D-branes, quivers, and ALE instantons
    By Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway), Gregory W. Moore (Yale U.).
    HEP Record [arXiv: hep-th/9603167]
    [700 Total citations in HEP]
  28. 664
    Electric - magnetic duality in supersymmetric nonAbelian gauge theories
    By N. Seiberg (Rutgers U., Piscataway & Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B435:129-146,1995 [arXiv: hep-th/9411149]
    [668 Total citations in HEP]
  29. 658
    Out of this world supersymmetry breaking
    By Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B557:79-118,1999 [arXiv: hep-th/9810155]
    [662 Total citations in HEP]
  30. 641
    Evidence for F theory
    By Cumrun Vafa (Harvard U.).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B469:403-418,1996 [arXiv: hep-th/9602022]
    [641 Total citations in HEP]
  31. 635
    Nonconventional cosmology from a brane universe
    By Pierre Binetruy, Cedric Deffayet (Orsay), David Langlois (Meudon Observ.).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B565:269-287,2000 [arXiv: hep-th/9905012]
    [642 Total citations in HEP]
  32. 633
    Hierarchies from fluxes in string compactifications
    By Steven B. Giddings (Santa Barbara, KITP & UC, Santa Barbara), Shamit Kachru (Santa Barbara, KITP & Stanford U., Phys. Dept. & SLAC), Joseph Polchinski (Santa Barbara, KITP).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.D66:106006,2002 [arXiv: hep-th/0105097]
    [642 Total citations in HEP]
  33. 629
    D-branes and the noncommutative torus
    By Michael R. Douglas (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette & Rutgers U., Piscataway), Christopher M. Hull (Queen Mary, U. of London & Ecole Normale Superieure).
    Published in:JHEP 9802:008,1998 [arXiv: hep-th/9711165]
    [633 Total citations in HEP]
  34. 627
    Noncommutative perturbative dynamics
    By Shiraz Minwalla, Mark Van Raamsdonk (Princeton U.), Nathan Seiberg (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:JHEP 0002:020,2000 [arXiv: hep-th/9912072]
    [637 Total citations in HEP]
  35. 602
    Brane cosmological evolution in a bulk with cosmological constant
    By Pierre Binetruy, Cedric Deffayet, Ulrich Ellwanger (Orsay, LPT), David Langlois (Meudon Observ.).
    Published in:Phys.Lett.B477:285-291,2000 [arXiv: hep-th/9910219]
    [611 Total citations in HEP]
  36. 584
    Dielectric branes
    By Robert C. Myers (Santa Barbara, KITP & McGill U.).
    Published in:JHEP 9912:022,1999 [arXiv: hep-th/9910053]
    [589 Total citations in HEP]
  37. 578
    Supergravity and a confining gauge theory: Duality cascades and chi SB resolution of naked singularities
    By Igor R. Klebanov (Princeton U.), Matthew J. Strassler (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:JHEP 0008:052,2000 [arXiv: hep-th/0007191]
    [591 Total citations in HEP]
  38. 569
    Target space duality in string theory
    By Amit Giveon (Hebrew U.), Massimo Porrati (New York U.), Eliezer Rabinovici (Hebrew U.).
    Published in:Phys.Rept.244:77-202,1994 [arXiv: hep-th/9401139]
    [570 Total citations in HEP]
  39. 556
    4-D gravity on a brane in 5-D Minkowski space
    By G.R. Dvali, Gregory Gabadadze, Massimo Porrati (New York U.).
    Published in:Phys.Lett.B485:208-214,2000 [arXiv: hep-th/0005016]
    [570 Total citations in HEP]
  40. 555
    Type IIB superstrings, BPS monopoles, and three-dimensional gauge dynamics
    By Amihay Hanany, Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B492:152-190,1997 [arXiv: hep-th/9611230]
    [557 Total citations in HEP]
  41. 547
    Weak scale superstrings
    By Joseph D. Lykken (Fermilab).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.D54:3693-3697,1996 [arXiv: hep-th/9603133]
    [547 Total citations in HEP]
  42. 546
    Phases of N=2 theories in two-dimensions
    By Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B403:159-222,1993 [arXiv: hep-th/9301042]
    [549 Total citations in HEP]
  43. 534
    String solitons
    By M.J. Duff (Newton Inst. Math. Sci., Cambridge & Texas A-M), Ramzi R. Khuri (McGill U. & CERN), J.X. Lu (Texas A-M).
    Published in:Phys.Rept.259:213-326,1995 [arXiv: hep-th/9412184]
    [534 Total citations in HEP]
  44. 529
    Reheating after inflation
    By Lev Kofman (Hawaii U.), Andrei D. Linde (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.), Alexei A. Starobinsky (Kyoto U., Yukawa Inst., Uji & Landau Inst.).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.Lett.73:3195-3198,1994 [arXiv: hep-th/9405187]
    [533 Total citations in HEP]
  45. 521
    Cosmological constant: The Weight of the vacuum
    By T. Padmanabhan (IUCAA, Pune).
    Published in:Phys.Rept.380:235-320,2003 [arXiv: hep-th/0212290]
    [534 Total citations in HEP]
  46. 520
    Pre - big bang in string cosmology
    By M. Gasperini (Turin U. & INFN, Turin), G. Veneziano (CERN).
    Published in:Astropart.Phys.1:317-339,1993 [arXiv: hep-th/9211021]
    [520 Total citations in HEP]
  47. 512
    D-branes and K theory
    By Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:JHEP 9812:019,1998 [arXiv: hep-th/9810188]
    [512 Total citations in HEP]
  48. 511
    A Large N reduced model as superstring
    By N. Ishibashi, H. Kawai (KEK, Tsukuba), Y. Kitazawa (Tokyo Inst. Tech.), A. Tsuchiya (KEK, Tsukuba).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B498:467-491,1997 [arXiv: hep-th/9612115]
    [514 Total citations in HEP]
  49. 511
    Solutions of four-dimensional field theories via M theory
    By Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B500:3-42,1997 [arXiv: hep-th/9703166]
    [512 Total citations in HEP]
  50. 504
    One Loop Threshold Effects in String Unification
    By Vadim S. Kaplunovsky (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.).
    Published in:Nucl.Phys.B307:145,1988, Erratum-ibid.B382:436,1992 [arXiv: hep-th/9205068]
    [504 Total citations in HEP]
  51. 504
    Wilson loops in large N field theories
    By Juan M. Maldacena (Harvard U.).
    Published in:Phys.Rev.Lett.80:4859-4862,1998 [arXiv: hep-th/9803002]
    [511 Total citations in HEP]