On dumb holes and their gravity duals

Sumit R. Das, Archisman Ghosh, Jae Hyuk Oh, Alfred D. Shapere

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Inhomogeneous fluid flows which become supersonic are known to produce acoustic analogs of ergoregions and horizons. This leads to Hawking-like radiation of phonons with a temperature essentially given by the gradient of the velocity at the horizon. We find such acoustic dumb holes in charged conformal fluids and use the fluid-gravity correspondence to construct dual gravity solutions. A class of quasinormal modes around these gravitational backgrounds perceive a horizon. Upon quantization, this implies a thermal spectrum for these modes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number30
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011


  • AdS-CFT correspondence
  • Gauge-gravity correspondence
  • Holography and quark-gluon plasmas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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