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The holographic F theorem

The holographic F theorem
The holographic F theorem
The F theorem states that, for a unitary three dimensional quantum field theory, the F quantity defined in terms of the partition function on a three sphere is positive, stationary at fixed point and decreases monotonically along a renormalization group flow. We construct holographic renormalization group flows corresponding to relevant deformations of three-dimensional conformal field theories on spheres, working to quadratic order in the source. For these renormalization group flows, the F quantity at the IR fixed point is always less than F at the UV fixed point, but F increases along the RG flow for deformations by operators of dimension 3/2 < Δ < 5/2. Therefore, the strongest version of the F theorem is in general violated.
0429-7725
Taylor, Marika
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Woodhead, William
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Taylor, Marika
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Woodhead, William
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Taylor, Marika and Woodhead, William (2017) The holographic F theorem. Frontiers in Physics, 5 (66). (doi:10.3389/fphy.2017.00066).

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The F theorem states that, for a unitary three dimensional quantum field theory, the F quantity defined in terms of the partition function on a three sphere is positive, stationary at fixed point and decreases monotonically along a renormalization group flow. We construct holographic renormalization group flows corresponding to relevant deformations of three-dimensional conformal field theories on spheres, working to quadratic order in the source. For these renormalization group flows, the F quantity at the IR fixed point is always less than F at the UV fixed point, but F increases along the RG flow for deformations by operators of dimension 3/2 < Δ < 5/2. Therefore, the strongest version of the F theorem is in general violated.

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Accepted/In Press date: 4 December 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 December 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 416704
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416704
ISSN: 0429-7725
PURE UUID: 2f2231f3-3137-4e55-ab51-53715736f3f9
ORCID for Marika Taylor: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9956-601X

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Date deposited: 05 Jan 2018 17:30
Last modified: 22 Nov 2021 03:02

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Author: Marika Taylor ORCID iD
Author: William Woodhead

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