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Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Seminar: Bootstrapping Quantum Extremal Surfaces

Event Type
The Physics Department
Room 222 Loomis
Nov 3, 2022   1:00 pm  
Sean Colin-Ellerin, UC Berkley
Janice Benner
Originating Calendar
Physics - Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Seminar

Quantum extremal surfaces are central to the connection between quantum information theory and quantum gravity and they have played a prominent role in the recent progress on the information paradox. In this talk, I will present a program to systematically link these surfaces to the microscopic data of the dual conformal field theory, namely the scaling dimensions of local operators and their OPE coefficients. I will consider CFT states obtained by acting on the vacuum with single-trace operators, which are dual to one-particle states of the bulk theory. Focusing on AdS3/CFT2, I will provide a computation of the CFT entanglement entropy to second order in the large c expansion where quantum extremality becomes important and match it to the expectation value of the bulk area operator. I will show that to this order, the Virasoro identity block contributes solely to the area operator.


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