The (Quark-Gluon) Plasma/Black Hole Holographic Duality
Robi Peschanski
Mardi 17/11/2009, 11:00
Salle Claude Itzykson, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers

Motivated by problems arising from the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) formation in heavy-ion experiments at very high energy, one makes use of the AdS/CFT correspondence as a tool for understanding thermal gauge field theories at strong coupling in the relativistic kinematics of heavy-ion reactions. The AdS/CFT correspondence is said ``holographic'' since it establishes a ``Gauge/Gravity duality'' between a (supersymmetric) gauge theory in the 4-dimensional physical space and gravity in a (Anti-de-Sitter ) background in one more dimension. We will show that the ``gravity dual'' of an expanding and cooling plasma appears as a Black Hole moving away in the fifth dimension. It leads to the prediction of a nearly ``perfect'' hydrodynamic fluid at large time in striking agreement with the QGP. Very recently, the AdS/CFT correspondence has been extended to the early-time, out-of-equilibrium, pre-hydrodynamic stage of the plasma formation, with quite intriguing results related by duality to the dynamical formation of a Black Hole.

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After a (pedestrian) introduction to the AdS/CFT correspondence and to the physical motivations from heavy-ion experiments, we will discuss the late-time expansion of the plasma and the construction of its holographic dual. In the second part we will come to the recent results on the far-from-equilibrium early-time expansion and its relation to the puzzling QGP thermalisation problem. We conclude by a discussion on the future prospects of this Gauge/Gravity duality approach.

Contact : Stephane LAVIGNAC


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