Holographic neutron stars

  • Jan de Boer
  • Kyriakos Papadodimas
  • Erik Verlinde
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We construct in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence degenerate composite operators in the conformal field theory that are holographically dual to degenerate stars in anti de Sitter space. We calculate the effect of the gravitational back-reaction using the Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff equations, and determine the ”Chandrasekhar limit” beyond which the star undergoes gravitational collapse towards a black hole.


Gauge-gravity correspondence AdS-CFT Correspondence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan de Boer
    • 1
  • Kyriakos Papadodimas
    • 1
  • Erik Verlinde
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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