2-9 July 2014
Valencia, Spain
Europe/Madrid timezone

Vacuum instability in holography

5 Jul 2014, 12:30
Sala 8+9 ()

Sala 8+9

Oral presentation Formal Theory Developments Formal Theory Developments


Prof. Koji Hashimoto (Osaka university / RIKEN)


We analyze vacuum instability of strongly coupled gauge theories in a constant electric field using AdS/CFT correspondence. The model is the N = 2 1-flavor supersymmetric large Nc QCD in the strong ’t Hooft coupling limit. We calculate the Euler-Heisenberg effective Lagrangian L(E), which encodes the nonlinear response and the quantum decay rate of the vacuum in a background electric field E, from the complex D-brane action in AdS/CFT. We find that the decay rate given by ImL(E) becomes nonzero above a critical electric field set by the confining force between quarks. A large E expansion of Im L(E) is found to coincide with that of the Schwinger effects in QED, replacing its electron mass by the confining force.

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Prof. Koji Hashimoto (Osaka university / RIKEN)

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