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AdS/CFT is a special case of the holographic principle. It states that a quantum gravitating theory in Anti-de-Sitter (AdS) space is exactly equivalent to the gauge theory/Conformal Field Theory (CFT) on its boundary.

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Coulomb Branch vs. Higgs Branch (and the connection with D-branes, AdS/CFT)

I am confused about the difference between the Coulomb and Higgs branches of the moduli space of supersymmetric gauge theories. It's easy to find a definition for $D=4$, $\mathcal{N}=2$ supersymmetric ...
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Pohlmeyer reduction of string theory for flat and AdS spaces

The definition of Pohlmeyer invariants in flat-space (as per eq-2.16 in Urs Schreiber's DDF and Pohlmeyer invariants of (super)string) is the following: $ Z^{\mu_1...\mu_N} (\mathcal{P}) = \frac{1}{...
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Why is the AdS/CFT approach to superconductors rarely cited in condensed matter publications?

Let me put things into perspective by comparing with other applications of string theory. Nowadays review papers written by cosmologists about inflation models often discuss string theory scenarios ...
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$\mathrm{AdS_3}$ bulk with BTZ black holes and particles in AdS/CFT

Consider three-dimensional anti-de Sitter space $\mathrm{AdS_3}$ treated as the $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ group manifold, thus parametrised by elements $g \in SL(2,\mathbb{R})$. This space has as isometry ...
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Are all the asymptotic symmetries always infinite dimensional?

We know that the asymptotic symmetry of AdS$_3$ is the Virasoro symmetry, which is infinite dimensional. For flat spacetimes, the BMS group is also infinite dimensional. So are all the asymptotic ...
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Collapse of two large black holes in AdS

In $4d$ flat space, two black holes of mass $M$ can collapse to form another one of (roughly) mass $2M$. This process is spontaneous, as reflected by the fact that the black hole entropy $S=M^2$ ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the Papadodimas/Raju mirror operators?

In this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.6335, the authors discuss the firewall problem and contruct so called mirror operators appearing in the correlation function. The key part seems to be (2.6) ...
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Can pure-bosonic string theories exist in curved spacetime?

Question: Can there be a consistent non-supersymmetric pure-bosonic string theory in some curved spacetimes? Reason: Since fields with certain amount of negative mass can exist in curved spacetime (...
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The surface area to volume ratio of a sphere and the Bekenstein bound

I am trying to relate the surface-area-to-volume-ratio of a sphere to the Bekenstein bound. Since the surface-area-to-volume-ratio decreases with increasing volume, one would surmise that, per unit of ...
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Partition Functions in (A)dS/CFT

I'm trying to understand some aspects of dS/CFT, and I'm running into a little trouble. Any help would be much appreciated. In arXix:1104.2621, Harlow and Stanford showed that the late-time Hartle-...
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Can quark-gluon plasma ever be close to an ideal gas of asymptotically free quarks?

The question inspired by an upcoming colloquim at UCB. A naive interpretation of quark asymptotic freedom seems to imply that at high enough energies they should be weakly interacting. On the other ...
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A basic question on AdS/CFT

Previously I asked a question Question on dimensions of CFT operators (ref: MAGOO, hep-th/9905111) here and it was (correctly of course) answered by Motl. I realized I didn't understand a part of it ...
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Which AdS/CFT correspondences have been found so far?

When I read about AdS/CFT correspondence, there always comes the most famous example of conjectured correspondence, which is the one between type IIB string theory (AdS side) and $\mathcal{N}=4$ ...
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What is the CFT dual of the stress tensor in the bulk?

I am new to AdS/CFT. I know that the dual of the bulk metric is the CFT stress tensor but what about the dual of the bulk stress tensor? I mean in principle one can extrapolate whatever bulk fields to ...
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What role does SUSY play in gauge/gravity duality?

This question arises in my project of finding the conformal field theory dual to the bosonic part of the Yang-Mills theory, i.e. non-supersymmetric large $N$ YM theory. Supersymmetry is a constant ...
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Black holes in AdS/CFT

In Swingle's work Entanglement Renormalization and Holography, he mentioned that a black hole in AdS bulk corresponds to a finite temperature boundary state. With the MERA picture of the entanglement ...
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Reference request: QFT and AdS/CFT for information theorists

There is a lot of buzz recently about connections between quantum information theory and quantum field theory/string theory. I would like to understand in particular how quantum information methods ...
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AdS/CFT-duality: How does the $U(1)$ decouple form the $U(N)$?

A stack of N coincident D3-branes on its world-volume describe, at the lowest order in $\alpha'$ and in absence of non-trivial background fields, a supersymmetric $U(N)$ gauge theory as explained in ...
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“Light” states in critical $O(N)$ model in $2+1$ (and holography)

Let me split the question in a few parts, Can someone give me a reference which explains the CFT properties of the critical $O(N)$ model in $2+1$? Like how are the CFT correlators (in a $1/N$ ...
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An introductory resource for learning AdS space

Can someone please point me to introductory resources about the geometry of Anti DeSitter Space ? What are some examples of other spaces used in theoretical physics ?.I'm learning Differential ...
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Correlators at large N and large N factorization

I am having this very basic problem. In e.g Maldacena's AdS/CFT review (0309246) (page 5), he has defined operators as $\mathcal{O}=N\,{\rm tr}[f(M)]$ for some matrices $M$ and got the connected ...
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Understanding the Monster CFT

I try to understand what the Monster CFT and its possible connection to 3 dimensional gravity at ($c=24$) is about (see https://arxiv.org/abs/0706.3359) To my best understanding (and please correct ...
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Global $SU(N)$ on the gravity side in AdS/CFT

For AdS/CFT to make sense, symmetries must match between the AdS side and the CFT side. Gauge symmetries are redundancies, not symmetries, therefore the CFT can have a (large) gauge symmetry, say $SU(...
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Subtleties in AdS$_2$/CFT$_1$

I was looking at few papers on AdS$_2$/CFT$_1$. It seems to me that this is not as well studied as the higher dimensional dualities (e.g, AdS$_3$/CFT$_2$ or AdS$_5$/CFT$_4$). Can someone summarize ...
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Geodesic approximation and Euclidean continuation

I recently read many articles in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondance in which the geodesic approximation is used (see for example section 3.5 here). The correlator between two boundary operators ...
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Bulk Symmetry corresponding to Yangian Symmetry of Planar N=4?

4D N=4 Super Yang Mills in the planar limit has an infinite dimensional symmetry known as Yangian symmetry. Dualities respect symmetries, so what does this symmetry correspond to in the $AdS_5\times S^...
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Confinement of charged tachyons in AdS spacetime

It is well known that the negative cosmological constant of AdS spacetime can act like a confining potential. That is, in contrast to asymptotically flat spacetime, in an asymptotically AdS spacetime ...
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$\langle TT\rangle$ correlator of the boundary CFT from metric fluctuations in the bulk gravity

Is there a reference which explains how the $\langle TT\rangle $ correlation of the boundary conformal field theory (CFT) can be holographically calculated from the bulk gravity? (..I am often getting ...
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Moduli Space of $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM on $\mathbb{R} \times S^3$

When we define $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM on flat Minkowski space, the supersymmetric vacua are parametrized by scalars living in the cartan subalgebra of the gauge group. A generic point in the moduli space ...
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On-shell action in asymptotically AdS space

Consider a field theory coupled with gravity described by the action: $S=\int d^Dx \sqrt{-g} \left( \mathcal{R}-\Lambda+\mathcal{L}_m[\phi] \right)$, with the requirement that g must be ...
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Some questions about calculation central charge in a CFT in $d$ spacetime dimensions

This is based on this paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0212138 For a CFT on a $S^d$ spacetime (of radius R) it seems to be claimed that the central charge is given by, $ c = \langle \int_{S^d_R} d^...
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Contribution to the emblackening factor from massive gravitons

I have been studying the effects of massive gravitons on the emblackening factor $f(r)$; i.e., given a Reissner-Nordstrom AdS geometry $$ds^2=L^2 \left(\frac{dr^2}{f(r)r^2}+\frac{-f(r)dt^2+dx^2+dy^2}{...
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Conserved charges without conserved currents?

I recently read (Section 9.3 of J.Kaplan AdS/CFT notes) that we can have QFT's s.t. we have conserved charges but NO associated conserved currents. How is this related to the gauging of global ...
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Modern form of Brown-Henneaux formula

Almost every paper mentioning Brown and Henneaux's matching of asymptotic symmetries of AdS$_3$ with the Virasoro algebra of a $1{+}1$-dimensional CFT summarizes their results in the formula $$c=\frac{...
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Dirac bracket and Poisson bracket, asymptotic symmetry

I am reading the paper arXiv:9906126. https://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9906126 on the symmetry algebra at horizon (see also well known work done by Brown and Henneaux about the asymptotic algebra of AdS$...
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Matching AdS and CFT symmetries

The isometries of AdS in $D+1$ dimensions and the conformal symmetries in $D$ are isomorphic as Lie algebras. However, the generators on each side have a physical interpretation. In the bulk we have ...
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Aharony-Bernman-Jafferis-Maldacena (ABJM) and k=1 Chern Simons matter

I have read recently that the partition function / half-BPS wilson vev (w/ NG probe) of a Chern-Simons matter theory with N=6 U(N)k x U(N)-k super-conformal symmetry (ABJM) on S3 is proportional to ...
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Phase transition in a generalised SYK model

Crossposted from math.stackexchange. (Link: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2848558/is-this-function-meromorphic) Question Let $$e^{g\left(\tau,T,J_1,J_2\right)}=\frac{2}{\left(\frac{J_1}{...
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Holographic dualities and strong subbadditivity of entanglement entropy

Recent analysis of inequalities satisfied by entanglement entropy in AdS bulk duals have led to establishing an equivalence between Strong Subadditivity and the Null Energy Condition (NEC) How hard ...
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Is Wilson loop particle heavier than black hole in AdS-CFT at finite temp?

Finite temperature is introduced in the Ads Space by inserting a black hole. In the Ads-CFT correspondence, the Wilson loop is at $u \rightarrow \infty$. But the black hole horizon itself would be at $...
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When to trust Holography?

AdS/CFT correspondence allows us to compute $n$-point functions of a CFT by means of solving on-shell gravitational action in anti-de Sitter space. If I understand correctly, considering classical ...
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Rotating Branes and AdS/CFT

Do we have an extension of the AdS/CFT correspondence for rotating branes? Are the rotating branes, the supergravity analog of the Kerr Black Holes in General Relativity? What are the most ...
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What is a Witten diagram?

Recently I heard the terminology of Witten diagram. Studying QFT, I frequently see Feynman diagrams and use them to compute scattering amplitudes, one-loop corrections and so on. In string theory ...
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Fluctuating string in AdS black hole

People frequently use fluctuating string in AdS black hole (see 1,2,3 etc) to study dynamics of a "free external quark" in quark-gluon-plasma (QGP) at finite temperature. The background black hole ...
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Boundary stress-energy tensor form ADS/CFT

In "Gravitational Dynamics From Entanglement "Thermodynamics"" by Lashkari/McDermott/Van Raamsdonk, the authors derive the linearised Einstein equations from ADS/CFT. At page 6 they use $$t_{\mu{\nu}}(...
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Gravity dual of N free scalars in 2D

I have a very basic (and might be very naive) question. What should be the dual gravity description of $N$ (with $N>>1$) free scalars in two dimensions? I was wondering whether it would be ...
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Are temperature and chemical potential of a black hole independent quantities?

I am a bit confused about the independent parameters in a charged black hole in AdS spaces. From equation (63) of this lecture notes we see that the temperature (T) of the black hole has chemical ...
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How can we see that there is superconductivity/superfluidity in the boundary theory in the holographic principle?

For example in the models for holographic superconductors we can calculate the conductivity. Also there is an energy gap. I can understand that it describes a superconductor. However I have also heard ...
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Is it possible to build up holography in a closed manifold, i.e., in a manifold with a mathematical boundary?

I was wondering about the AdS/CFT correspondence basics. It is constructed on the idea of conformal compactification, in which a open manifold $M$ is homeomorphic related to a closed one $N$ through a ...
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Questions on entanglement entropy

If the spatial entangling surface is $M$ then it seems that one way to get the entanglement entropy is to think of the QFT on the manifold $S \times M$ where $S$ is a 2-manifold with the metric, $ds^2 ...