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Striped order in AdS/CFT

Rozali, M (University of British Columbia)
Wednesday 18 September 2013, 09:45-10:30

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


Co-authors: Darren Smyth (UBC), Evgeny Sorkin (UBC), Jared Stang (UBC)

I discuss the formation of inhomogeneous order in the Einstein-Maxwell-axion system, dual to a 2+1 dimensional field theory that exhibits a spontaneously generated current density, momentum density and modulated scalar operator. Below the critical temperature, the Reissner-Nordstrom-AdS black hole becomes unstable and stripes form in the bulk and on the boundary. The bulk geometry possesses striking geometrical features, including a modulated horizon that tends to pinch off as T goes to 0. The phase transition to the formation of stripes is of second order.


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