Have you ever tried to directly prove that type IIB string theory on a strongly curved AdS5 x S5 gives you a weakly coupled gauge theory, as required by the AdS/CFT correspondence? I've been looking into this question for some time, but there is a new idea around. If you have something relevant to say, it may be appreciated.
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