Foliation-dependence of CFTs in Lorentzian-AdS/CFT

Borun D. Chowdhury, Maulik Parikh

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In the Lorentzian AdS/CFT correspondence, CFTs are identified by asymptotic boundary surfaces and the boundary conditions imposed on those surfaces. However, AdS can be foliated in various ways to give different boundaries. We show that the CFTs obtained using certain distinct foliations are different. This happens because the asymptotic region of a foliation overlaps with the deep interior region of another. In particular, we focus on the CFTs defined on surfaces of large constant radius in global coordinates, Rindler-AdS coordinates, and Poincaré coordinates for AdS3. We refer to these as global-CFT, Rindler-CFT and Poincaré-CFT, respectively. We demonstrate that the correlators for these CFTs are different and argue that the bulk duals to these should agree up to very close to the respective horizons but then start differing. Since the BTZ black hole is obtained as a quotient of AdS3, we discuss the implications of our results for bulk duals of periodically identified Poincaré and Rindler-CFTs. Our results are consistent with some recent proposals suggesting a modification of the semiclassical BTZ geometry close to the horizons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number046004
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 23 2016

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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