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Boundary conditions for General Relativity on AdS3 and the KdV hierarchy

Starts at:Tue 19 Feb 2019, 14:00
Speaker:Alfredo PerezInstitute:CECS-Valdivia, Chile

Abstract:It is shown that General Relativity with negative cosmological constant in 3D admits a new family of boundary conditions being labeled by a nonnegative integer k. Gravitational excitations are then described by boundary gravitons that fulfill the equations of the k-th element of the KdV hierarchy. In particular, k = 0 corresponds to the Brown-Henneaux boundary conditions so that excitations are described by chiral movers. In the case of k = 1, the boundary gravitons fulfill the KdV equation and the asymptotic symmetry algebra turns out to be infinite-dimensional, abelian and devoid of central extensions. The latter feature also holds for the remaining cases that describe the hierarchy (k > 1). Our boundary conditions then provide a gravitational dual of two noninteracting left and right KdV movers, and hence, boundary gravitons possess anisotropic Lifshitz scaling with dynamical exponent z = 2k + 1. Remarkably, despite spacetimes solving the field equations are locally AdS, they possess anisotropic scaling being induced by the choice of boundary conditions. As an application, the entropy of a rotating BTZ black hole is precisely recovered from a suitable generalization of the Cardy formula that is compatible with the anisotropic scaling of the chiral KdV movers at the boundary. The relation between this new set of boundary conditions for three-dimensional gravity on AdS_3 and the generalized Gibbs ensemble of two-dimensional CFTs will be also discussed.

Room:Seminarraum 0.01
Contact: Anika Rast