Quantum critical superconductors in string theory and M-theory

Steven S. Gubser, Silviu S. Pufu, Fabio D. Rocha

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We construct zero-temperature solutions of supergravity theories in five and four dimensions which interpolate between two copies of anti-de Sitter space, one of which preserves an Abelian gauge symmetry while the other breaks it. These domain wall solutions can be lifted to solutions of type IIB string theory and eleven-dimensional supergravity. They describe quantum critical behavior and emergent relativistic conformal symmetry in a superfluid or superconducting state of a strongly coupled dual gauge theory. We include computations of frequency-dependent conductivities which exhibit power law scaling in the infrared, with exponents determined by irrelevant perturbations to the symmetry-breaking anti-de Sitter background.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-204
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 18 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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