Physics at Virginia

"The Jarzynski Identity and the AdS/CFT Duality"

Djordje Minic , Virginia Tech
[Host: Diana Vaman]
I will discuss a remarkable analogy between the Jarzynski identity from non-equilibrium statistical physics and the AdS/CFT duality. I will apply the logic that leads to the Jarzynski identity to renormalization group (RG) flows of quantum field theories and then argue for the natural connection with the AdS/CFT duality formula. This application can be in principle checked in Monte Carlo simulations of RG flows. Given the existing generalizations of the Jarzynski identity in non-equilibrium statistical physics, and the analogy between the Jarzynski identity and the AdS/CFT duality, we are led to suggest natural but novel generalizations of the AdS/CFT dictionary. The talk is based on arXiv:1007.3970 (with Michel Pleimling).
High Energy Physics Seminar
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special room.

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