Geodesic bulk diagrams on the Bruhat-Tits tree

Steven S. Gubser, Sarthak Parikh

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Abstract

Geodesic bulk diagrams were recently shown to be the geometric objects which compute global conformal blocks. We show that this duality continues to hold in p-adic AdS/CFT, where the bulk is replaced by the Bruhat-Tits tree, an infinite regular graph with no cycles, and the boundary is described by p-adic numbers, rather than reals. We apply the duality to evaluate the four-point function of scalar operators of generic dimensions using tree-level bulk diagrams. Relative to standard results from the literature, we find intriguing similarities as well as significant simplifications. Notably, all derivatives disappear in the conformal block decomposition of the four-point function. On the other hand, numerical coefficients in the four-point function as well as the structure constants take surprisingly universal forms, applicable to both the reals and the p-adics when expressed in terms of local zeta functions. Finally, we present a minimal bulk action with nearest neighbor interactions on the Bruhat-Tits tree, which reproduces the two-, three-, and four-point functions of a free boundary theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number066024
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume96
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 21 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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