Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2017:41 | Cite as

Matrix thermalization

  • Ben Craps
  • Oleg Evnin
  • Kévin NguyenEmail author
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


Matrix quantum mechanics offers an attractive environment for discussing gravitational holography, in which both sides of the holographic duality are well-defined. Similarly to higher-dimensional implementations of holography, collapsing shell solutions in the gravitational bulk correspond in this setting to thermalization processes in the dual quantum mechanical theory. We construct an explicit, fully nonlinear supergravity solution describing a generic collapsing dilaton shell, specify the holographic renormalization prescriptions necessary for computing the relevant boundary observables, and apply them to evaluating thermalizing two-point correlation functions in the dual matrix theory.


2D Gravity AdS-CFT Correspondence Gauge-gravity correspondence M(atrix) Theories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theoretische Natuurkunde, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and International Solvay InstitutesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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