Stringy effects in scrambling

  • Stephen H. Shenker
  • Douglas Stanford
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


In [1] we gave a precise holographic calculation of chaos at the scrambling time scale. We studied the influence of a small perturbation, long in the past, on a two-sided correlation function in the thermofield double state. A similar analysis applies to squared commutators and other out-of-time-order one-sided correlators [2-6]. The essential bulk physics is a high energy scattering problem near the horizon of an AdS black hole. The above papers used Einstein gravity to study this problem; in the present paper we consider stringy and Planckian corrections. Elastic stringy corrections play an important role, effectively weakening and smearing out the development of chaos. We discuss their signature in the boundary field theory, commenting on the extension to weak coupling. Inelastic effects, although important for the evolution of the state, leave a parametrically small imprint on the correlators that we study. We briefly discuss ways to diagnose these small corrections, and we propose another correlator where inelastic effects are order one.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics and Department of PhysicsStanford UniversityStanfordU.S.A.
  2. 2.School of Natural SciencesInstitute for Advanced StudyPrincetonU.S.A.

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