Particle/High Energy Theory Seminar: Luca Iliesiu (Princeton) - “On 2D gauge theories in Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity”

Event time: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), Room 52 See map
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

On 2D gauge theories in Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity
Abstract: The low-energy behavior of near-extremal black holes can be understood from the near-horizon AdS_2 region. In turn, this region is effectively described by using Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity coupled to Yang-Mills theory through the two-dimensional metric and the dilaton field. We show that such a two-dimensional model of gravity coupled to gauge fields is soluble for an arbitrary choice of gauge group and gauge couplings. Specifically, we determine the partition function of the theory on two-dimensional surfaces of arbitrary genus and with an arbitrary number of boundaries. When solely focusing on the contribution from surfaces with disk topology, we show that the gravitational gauge theory is described by the Schwarzian theory coupled to a particle moving on the gauge group manifold. When considering the contribution from all genera, we show that the theory is described by a particular double-scaled matrix integral, where the elements of the matrix are functions that map the gauge group manifold to complex or real numbers. Finally, we compute the expectation value of various diffeomorphism invariant operators in the gravitational gauge theory, find their exact boundary dual and describe their relationship to observables of the aforementioned black holes.
Host: David Poland,