10-16 June 2018
Dalhousie University
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Gradient Flow in Holographic Superconductors (G)

13 Jun 2018, 09:15
SUB 302 (cap.40) (Dalhousie University)

SUB 302 (cap.40)

Dalhousie University

Oral (Graduate Student) / Orale (Étudiant(e) du 2e ou 3e cycle) Theoretical Physics / Physique théorique (DTP-DPT) W1-5 Fields and Strings I (DTP) | Champs et cordes I (DPT)


Paul Mikula (University of Manitoba)


The AdS/CFT correspondence provides an equivalence between a gravity theory in some bulk anti-deSitter spacetime and a conformal field theory (CFT) in one fewer dimensions on the boundary. A superconductor that can be described by a gravity theory through this correspondence is referred to as a 'holographic superconductor'. Gradient flow equations will evolve any given initial field configuration towards one that is a solution to the equations of motion, this allows us to study stability of solutions as well as the behavior of a system far from equilibrium. Through the AdS/CFT correspondence, the gradient flow in the gravity theory should have a corresponding flow in the CFT and vice-versa. We focus on the flow of the matter fields in a gravity theory containing a black hole and a charged scalar field. In this system the flow equations move the system from a configuration with no scalar hair to a hairy black hole solution. We study the corresponding flow on the boundary superconducting theory, where a normal metal state transitions to a superconducting state.

Primary author

Paul Mikula (University of Manitoba)

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