Large-N collective fields and holography

Sumit R. Das, Antal Jevicki

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We propose that the Euclidean bilocal collective field theory of critical large-W vector models provides a complete definition of the proposed dual theory of higher spin fields in anti-de Sitter spaces. We show how this bilocal field can be decomposed into an infinite number of even spin fields in one more dimension. The collective field has a nontrivial classical solution which leads to an O(N) thermodynamic entropy characteristic of the lower dimensional theory, as required by general considerations of holography. A subtle cancellation of the entropy coming from the bulk fields in one higher dimension with O(1) contributions from the classical solution ensures that the subleading terms in thermodynamic quantities are of the expected form. While the spin components of the collective field transform properly under dilatational, translational, and rotational isometrics of AdS, special conformai transformations mix fields of different spins indicating a need for a nonlocal map between the two sets of fields. We discuss the nature of the propagating degrees of freedom through a Hamiltonian form of collective field theory and argue that nonsinglet states which are present in an Euclidean version are related to nontrivial backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044011
JournalPhysical review D
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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