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Title: Gauge/gravity duality : recovering the bulk from the boundary using AdS/CFT
Author: Bilson, Samuel Charles
ISNI:       0000 0004 2692 1772
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2010
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Motivated by the holographic principle, within the context of the AdS/CFT Correspondence in the large t'Hooft limit, we investigate how the geometry of certain highly symmetric bulk spacetimes can be recovered given information of physical quantities in the dual boundary CFT. In particular, we use the existence of bulk-cone singularities (relating the location of operator insertion points of singular boundary correlation functions to the endpoints of boundary-to boundary null geodesics in the bulk spacetime) and the holographic entanglement entropy proposal (relating the entanglement entropy of certain subsystems on the boundary to the area of static minimal surfaces) to recover the bulk metric. Using null and zero-energy spacelike boundary-to-boundary geodesic probes, we show that for classes of static, spherically symmetric, asymptotically AdS spacetimes, one can find analytic expressions for extracting the metric functions given boundary data. We find that if the spacetime admits null circular orbits, the bulk geometry can only be recovered from the boundary, down to the radius of null circular orbits. We illustrate this for various analytic and numerical boundary functions of endpoint separation of null and spacelike geodesics. We then extend our analysis to higher dimensional minimal surface probes within a class of static, planar symmetric, asymptotically AdS spacetimes. We again find analytic and perturbative expressions for the metric function in terms of the entanglement entropy of straight belt and circular disk subsystems of the boundary theory respectively. Finally, we discuss how such extractions can be generalised.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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