Thermalization of strongly coupled field theories.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Using the holographic mapping to a gravity dual, we calculate 2-point functions, Wilson loops, and entanglement entropy in strongly coupled field theories in d=2, 3, and 4 to probe the scale dependence of thermalization following a sudden injection of energy. For homogeneous initial conditions, the entanglement entropy thermalizes slowest and sets a time scale for equilibration that saturates a causality bound. The growth rate of entanglement entropy density is nearly volume-independent for small volumes but slows for larger volumes. In this setting, the UV thermalizes first.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Balasubramanian, V; Bernamonti, A; de Boer, J; Copland, N; Craps, B; Keski-Vakkuri, E; Müller, B; Schäfer, A; Shigemori, M; Staessens, W

Published Date

  • May 9, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 106 / 19

Start / End Page

  • 191601 -

PubMed ID

  • 21668141

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21668141

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physrevlett.106.191601


  • eng