Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2013:26 | Cite as

Holographic isotropization linearized

  • Michal P. Heller
  • David Mateos
  • Wilke van der Schee
  • Miquel Triana
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The holographic isotropization of a highly anisotropic, homogeneous, strongly coupled, non-Abelian plasma was simplified in ref. [1] by linearizing Einstein’s equations around the final, equilibrium state. This approximation reproduces the expectation value of the boundary stress tensor with a 20% accuracy. Here we elaborate on these results and extend them to observables that are directly sensitive to the bulk interior, focusing for simplicity on the entropy production on the event horizon. We also consider next-to-leading-order corrections and show that the leading terms alone provide a better description of the isotropization process for the states that are furthest from equilibrium.


Holography and quark-gluon plasmas Gauge-gravity correspondence AdSCFT Correspondence Quark-Gluon Plasma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michal P. Heller
    • 1
  • David Mateos
    • 2
    • 3
  • Wilke van der Schee
    • 4
  • Miquel Triana
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituut voor Theoretische FysicaUniversiteit van AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Departament de Física Fonamental, Institut de Ciències del CosmosUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Institute for Theoretical Physics and Institute for Subatomic PhysicsUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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