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Real-time gauge/gravity duality

Real-time gauge/gravity duality
Real-time gauge/gravity duality
We present a general prescription for the holographic computation of real-time n-point functions in nontrivial states. In quantum field theory such real-time computations involve a choice of a time contour in the complex time plane. The holographic prescription amounts to “filling in” this contour with bulk solutions: real segments of the contour are filled in with Lorentzian solutions while imaginary segments are filled in with Riemannian solutions and appropriate matching conditions are imposed at the corners of the contour. We illustrate the general discussion by computing the 2-point function of a scalar operator using this prescription and by showing that this leads to an unambiguous answer with the correct i? insertions.
081601-[4pp]
Skenderis, Kostas
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van Rees, Balt
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Skenderis, Kostas
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van Rees, Balt
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Skenderis, Kostas and van Rees, Balt (2008) Real-time gauge/gravity duality. Physical Review Letters, 101 (8), 081601-[4pp]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.081601).

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We present a general prescription for the holographic computation of real-time n-point functions in nontrivial states. In quantum field theory such real-time computations involve a choice of a time contour in the complex time plane. The holographic prescription amounts to “filling in” this contour with bulk solutions: real segments of the contour are filled in with Lorentzian solutions while imaginary segments are filled in with Riemannian solutions and appropriate matching conditions are imposed at the corners of the contour. We illustrate the general discussion by computing the 2-point function of a scalar operator using this prescription and by showing that this leads to an unambiguous answer with the correct i? insertions.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 21 August 2008
Published date: 22 August 2008
Organisations: Mathematical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 341273
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/341273
PURE UUID: eb9f6254-e170-4a37-bccc-e65ca662b606
ORCID for Kostas Skenderis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4509-5472

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Date deposited: 25 Jul 2012 11:01
Last modified: 09 Nov 2021 03:25

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Author: Balt van Rees

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