Conformal hydrodynamics in Minkowski and de Sitter spacetimes

Steven S. Gubser, Amos Yarom

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We show how to generate non-trivial solutions to the conformally invariant, relativistic fluid dynamic equations by appealing to the Weyl covariance of the stress tensor. We use this technique to show that a recently studied solution of the relativistic conformally invariant Navier-Stokes equations in four-dimensional Minkowski space can be recast as a static flow in three-dimensional de Sitter space times a line. The simplicity of the de Sitter form of the flow enables us to consider several generalizations of it, including flows in other spacetime dimensions, second order viscous corrections, and linearized perturbations. We also construct the anti-de Sitter dual of the original four-dimensional flow. Finally, we discuss possible applications to nuclear physics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-511
Number of pages43
JournalNuclear Physics B
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 21 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Conformal fluid dynamics
  • Quark-gluon plasma


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