Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2012:164

The holographic quantum effective potential at finite temperature and density

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DOI: 10.1007/JHEP08(2012)164

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Kiritsis, E. & Niarchos, V. J. High Energ. Phys. (2012) 2012: 164. doi:10.1007/JHEP08(2012)164


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.


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

  1. 1.Crete Center for Theoretical Physics, Department of PhysicsUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece,
  2. 2.APC, AstroParticule et CosmologieUniversité Paris Diderot, CNRS/IN2P3, CEA/IRFU, Observatoire de Paris, Sorbonne Paris CitéParis Cedex 13France,

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