Viscosity, black holes, and quantum field theory

Son, Dam T. and Starinets, Andrei O. (2007) Viscosity, black holes, and quantum field theory Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, 57, pp. 95-118. (doi:10.1146/annurev.nucl.57.090506.123120).


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We review recent progress in applying the AdS/CFT correspondence to finite-temperature field theory. In particular, we show how the hydrodynamic behavior of field theory is reflected in the low-momentum limit of correlation functions computed through a real-time AdS/CFT prescription, which we formulate. We also show how the hydrodynamic modes in field theory correspond to the low-lying quasi-normal modes of the AdS black p-brane metric. We provide proof of the universality of the viscosity/entropy ratio within a class of theories with gravity duals and formulate a viscosity bound conjecture. Possible implications for real systems are mentioned.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1146/annurev.nucl.57.090506.123120
ISSNs: 0163-8998 (print)
ePrint ID: 57602
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November 2007Published
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:39
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