Energy disturbances due to a moving quark from gauge-string duality

Steven S. Gubser, Silviu S. Pufu, Amos Yarom

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Using AdS/CFT, we calculate the energy density of a quark moving through a thermal state of ≤ 4 super-Yang-Mills theory. Relying on previous work for momentum-space representations as well as asymptotic behaviors, we Fourier transform to position space and exhibit a sonic boom at a speed larger than the speed of sound. Nontrivial structure is found at small length scales, confirming earlier analytical work by the authors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS-CFT correspondence
  • QCD


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