Article

Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2012:164

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The holographic quantum effective potential at finite temperature and density

  • Elias KiritsisAffiliated withCrete Center for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, University of CreteAPC, AstroParticule et Cosmologie, Université Paris Diderot, CNRS/IN2P3, CEA/IRFU, Observatoire de Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cité
  • , Vasilis NiarchosAffiliated withCrete Center for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, University of Crete Email author 

Abstract

We develop a formalism that allows the computation of the quantum effective potential of a scalar order parameter in a class of holographic theories at finite temperature and charge density. The effective potential is a valuable tool for studying the ground state of the theory, symmetry breaking patterns and phase transitions. We derive general formulae for the effective potential and apply them to determine the phase transition temperature and density in the scaling region.

Keywords

Gauge-gravity correspondence AdS-CFT Correspondence Holography and condensed matter physics (AdS/CMT)