Holographic GB gravity in arbitrary dimensions

Alex Buchel*, Jorge Escobedo, Robert C. Myers, Miguel F. Paulos, Aninda Sinha, Michael Smolkin

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We study the properties of the holographic CFT dual to Gauss-Bonnet gravity in general D(≥ 5) dimensions. We establish the AdS/CFT dictionary and in particular relate the couplings of the gravitational theory to the universal couplings arising in correlators of the stress tensor of the dual CFT. This allows us to examine constraints on the gravitational couplings by demanding consistency of the CFT. In particular, one can demand positive energy fluxes in scattering processes or the causal propagation of fluctuations. We also examine the holographic hydrodynamics, commenting on the shear viscosity as well as the relaxation time. The latter allows us to consider causality constraints arising from the second-order truncated theory of hydrodynamics.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number111
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • AdS-CFT correspondence
  • Gauge-gravity correspondence


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