Expanding plasmas and quasinormal modes of anti-de Sitter black holes

Joshua J. Friess, Steven S. Gubser, Georgios Michalogiorgakis, Silviu S. Pufu

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We compute the gravitational quasinormal modes of the global AdS 5-Schwarzschild solution. We show how to use the holographic dual of these modes to describe a thermal plasma of finite extent expanding in a slightly anisotropic fashion. We compare these flows with the behavior of quark-gluon plasmas produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions by estimating the elliptic flow coefficient and the thermalization time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number080
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS-CFT correspondence
  • Black holes in string theory
  • QCD
  • Supersymmetric gauge theory


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