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The Holographic principle is a principle of string theories and a supposed property of quantum gravity that states that the information within a region is exactly described by that on its boundary. DO NOT USE THIS TAG for a photographic hologram.

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Candidates for holographic QFT of 4D Einstein gravity

If we are to believe that holographic principle holds over a wide number of dimensions, and gravitational theories, but specially, those that are relevant to our universe, then there must be some 3D ...
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holographic principle and Wheeler's bag of gold

How is it possible to explain "bag of gold" spacetimes (see Marlof) such that the ideas are compatible with AdS/CFT and the holographic principle?
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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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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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How to show that Chern number gives the amount of edge states?

When talking about topological insulator and talking about bulk-edge correspondence, it seems to be widely accepted conclusion that the band Chern number (winding number) is equal to, when the ...
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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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Relation between holography and matrix models

Let's consider a 0-dimensional $N \times N$ Hermitean one matrix model. It is defined by a potential V(M). Its partition function is $$Z = \int_{H_{N}} dM e^{-\frac{1}{g}V(M)}$$ where $H_{N}$ is the ...
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Holographic Field Theory

I am trying to read this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.1780 and I don't understand how to get from eqn 91 which is, $$S_{2} = N^{2} \{V[P^{(1)}_{m}] + (J^{(1)m} - \mathcal{J}^{m})P_{m}^{(1)}\} -NJ^...
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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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Yang-Mills/topological string theory (M-theory) duality

It is known that there is a duality between Chern-Simons theory on 3-fold $X$ and topological A-model on the cotangent bundle of this manifold, $T^*X$ (see, for example, the original paper by Witten, ...
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Bekenstein bound and “dimensionality” of information (entropy)

The Bekenstein bound says that the maximum entropy which can be contained in a (spherical) volume of space with a given amount of energy is proportional to the amount of energy multiplied by the "...
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Brane interactions?

In particle physics, in QFT's, interactions come from the interaction piece in the Lagrangian (action). In string theory, waiting for a complete formulation of SFT, we have to add "by hand" ...
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Standard references in (holographic) entanglement entropy literature (Part 1)

While writing a paper, I am wondering as to what are the standard references that one refers to for these various facts about entanglement entropy. I want to know as to what are the papers one should ...
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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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ER = EPR and Time Travel

In Maldacena-Susskind paper arXiv:1306.0533, they propose an idea of $$\text{ER = EPR}$$ the relation between the wormhole and the quantum entanglement. which ER means Einstein Rosen (ER) bridges, ...
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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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Is there any GENERAL symmetry behind holography and dualities?

Holography tells that a theory with gravity in D-dimensions is equivalent to a field theory in D-1 on the boundary. Similarly, after the second string revolution, we know there are symmetries called ...
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Gauge and global symmetries in Chern-Simons/WZW correspondence

I am trying to understand how bulk gauge symmetry in 3d Chern-Simons theory becomes a global symmetry in the boundary 2d WZW theory. In particular, I am trying to understand the papers by Elitzur et ...
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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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Variation of scalar field action

I am reading Polchinski's review on AdS/CFT . I have a very simple question, and please help me out. Thanks in advanced. The question is about formula (3.19). The scalar effective bulk action is ...
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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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Distinction between holographic entanglement entropy and thermal entropy

Given a system $A$ and its complement $\bar{A}$, we know that the entanglement entropy is given by $$ S_A = - \text{Tr} ( \rho_A \log \rho_A ), $$ where $\rho_A$ is the reduced density matrix ...
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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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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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Hierachies of AdS/CFT holographies

One of the most disturbing aspects of General Relativity is the 'Marble versus Wood' duality of the theory: Matter creates curvature, and curvature doesn't create curvature (at least not directly) ...
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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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Event horizon area and entropy content of a black hole

I am aware that the entropy content of a black hole is proportional to the area of its event horizon, and that this can be boiled down to the bit content of a Planck area on the horizon, but I have ...
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Holographic duals of (super)gravity sigma models

Consider a (super)gravity theory on asymptotically AdS spacetime $N$ with fixed conformal boundary $\partial N$ coupled to scalars $\phi_i$ taking values in a manifold $M$, possibly in addition to ...
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Is Randall-Sundrum model background independent?

Randall-Sundrum model (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall%E2%80%93Sundrum_model) is related on string theory. String theory can be background independent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Non-trivial content of AdS/CFT for a generic EFT on AdS

I have a very generic and naive question on the actual content (and usefulness) of the AdS/CFT conjecture in the low energy approximation where one considers a low energy QFT on AdS, comprising ...
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Is there any well-known holographic duality that allows wormholes and CTCs to exist?

Is there any well-known holographic duality (like AdS/CFT or holographic principle in string theory/black holes) that contains wormholes and Closed Timelike Curves? I was discussing this with a ...
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Would Bekenstein bound disappear in some holographic models?

In Holographic principle models there's a limit to the information that the system can store known as the "Bekenstein bound". In physics, the Bekenstein bound is an upper limit on the entropy S, or ...
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Are there other types or versions of holographic principle?

Holographic principle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_principle) establishes a correlation between a bulk and its boundary. It says, in layman terms, that the amount of information in a ...
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How does the information content in a holographic world add up?

I watched Leonard Susskind's great layman lecture "The World As Hologram" the other day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DIl3Hfh9tY) and it kind of makes sense to me. If Information is a conserved ...
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In AdS/CFT, are the CFT states defined only on the boundary, or is it only the boundary theory that matters?

To be more specific than the title allows: Gauge/gravity duality says that gauge theories on the boundary of an asymptotically AdS space are dual to gravitational theories in the bulk. I know the ...
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what is the metric of N-sheeted $AdS_3$?

Suppose the AdS$_3$ metric is given by $$ ds^2 =d\rho^2+cosh^2\rho d\psi^2 +sinh^2 \rho d\phi^2 $$ what is the n-sheeted space of it? Can the n-sheeted BTZ be constructed from it by identifications ...
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What is the global Virasoro symmetry generators in BTZ spacetime?

This is the case of AdS3, how about BTZ? The picture is from arxiv:1506.01353.
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A question about the Henningson-Skenderis holographic Weyl anomaly calculation.

I am referring to this very famous paper. http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9806087 I am referring to equations 20 and 27 and 28. Anyone can help derive them? I vaguely think that they substituted ...
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Why are string theorists interested in entanglement entropy?

I have been reading some papers by Ryu-Takyanagi but I am not seeing a good explanation as to why entanglement entropy of the boundary CFT is a good observable to probe the possible bulk quantum ...
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How local fields transform in the holographic boundary

Consider a holographic description of gravity $f:\Omega \rightarrow \partial \Omega$ such that gravitational fields and curvature in a neighbourhood $\Omega$ of 4D spacetime induce local fields on $\...
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Entropy bounds and the size of the universe

The principle that the maximum amount of information or entropy a volume of space can hold is proportional to its surface area apparently applies to all space, not just black holes. Since volume grows ...
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Anomalous dimensions in the $O(N)$ model

Is there any statement known about the anomalous dimensions of the $O(N)$ model in various dimensions and/or in the large-N limit? If a $\phi^4$ ("double-trace") term is coupled to an $O(N)$ model ...
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Boundaries where AdS/CFT complementarity applies

Usually when I read about AdS/CFT complementarity as a particular case of the Holographic principle, it suggests that physics evolution on a boundary has a map to physics evolution on the bulk. But ...
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How to reconcile these two principles?

Quantum mechanics says that the entropy of an unobserved system remains constant. As such, the apparent growth of entropy is a subjective illusion. If we consider the wave function of the universe, ...
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Seeking clarification about a discussion of the Holographic Principle in Sean Carroll's book

I am reading Sean Carroll's pop-science book 'From Eternity to Here' and am having trouble connecting the links in his discussion of the Holographic Principle. At the outset, I would ask that you try ...
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dS/CFT in a positive curvature universe

Since Maldacena ground breaking theoretical discovery, have there been any succesfull efforts to try to transpose the AdS/CFT duality to our universe (not an AdS)?
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Do large $N$ free fermion or WZW theories have a holographic dual in $AdS_3/CFT_2$?

I was wondering if for $N$ free Dirac fermions (or equivalently by bosonization, $N$ free bosons or an $SU(N)_1$ WZW theory plus an extra boson) have a holographic dual description via $AdS_3/CFT_2$? ...
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Can all CFT state be prepared through scale invariant MERA

It is known that in numeric computation, scale invariant MERA is useful for representing a CFT vacuum state. Is the converse true? i.e. all CFT vacuum state (the quantum state with translation and ...