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Moving the CFT into the bulk with T(T)over-bar

Author(s): McGough, Lauren; Mezei, Mark; Verlinde, Herman L.

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Abstract: Recent work by Zamolodchikov and others has uncovered a solvable irrelevant deformation of general 2D CFTs, defined by turning on the dimension 4 operator T (T) over bar, the product of the left- and right-moving stress tensor. We propose that in the holographic dual, this deformation represents a geometric cutoff that removes the asymptotic region of AdS and places the QFT on a Dirichlet wall at finite radial distance r = r(c) in the bulk. As a quantitative check of the proposed duality, we compute the signal propagation speed, energy spectrum, and thermodynamic relations on both sides. In all cases, we obtain a precise match. We derive an exact RG flow equation for the metric dependence of the effective action of the T (T) over bar deformed theory, and find that it coincides with the Hamilton Jacobi equation that governs the radial evolution of the classical gravity action in AdS.
Publication Date: Apr-2018
Electronic Publication Date: 3-Apr-2018
Citation: McGough, Lauren, Mezei, Mark, Verlinde, Herman. (2018). Moving the CFT into the bulk with T(T)over-bar. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, doi:10.1007/JHEP04(2018)010
DOI: doi:10.1007/JHEP04(2018)010
ISSN: 1029-8479
Pages: 1 - 33
Type of Material: Journal Article
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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