# Energy loss at zero temperature from extremal black holes

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## Abstract

Using the AdS/CFT correspondence, we probe the extremal black holes by studying the energy loss of a moving heavy point particle in a strongly-coupled boundary field theory at zero temperature and finite charge density. We first consider the extremal AdS-Reissner-Nordström (AdSRN) background black hole in the bulk and find an analytic solution of drag force which depends on the finite charge density of the boundary field theory. By studying the near horizon geometry of trailing string in the bulk, one finds the IR divergency does not show the logarithmic behavior. This result would be a general property of extremal backgrounds. We also extend our study to the extremal backgrounds with vanishing entropy density in appropriate extremal limits. After studying the Langevin coefficients, it is shown that in the extremal black hole backgrounds the longitudinal Langevin diffusion coefficient along the semiclassical string motion is larger compared to that of the transverse direction.

## 1 Introduction

Strongly-coupled systems describe interesting phenomena in different areas of physics. Study of such systems is theoretically difficult, then one should develop alternative theoretical tools to understand them better. In the framework of gauge/gravity correspondence, such systems with a large number of degrees of freedom could be realized holographically as classical gravity in a higher dimension [1, 2, 3, 4]. Besides, from this correspondence to study the field theory states at nonzero temperature and density, one should consider geometries with a black brane horizon [5]. The equilibrium thermodynamic properties of such states are described by black hole thermodynamics [6].

In this paper, we consider zero temperature and finite density systems which correspond to extremal black branes. They have vanishing surface gravity and Hawking temperature. Also, given a set of charges, they have the lowest possible mass. Therefore, they can be thought of as ground states of the nonextremal black holes and one finds that all supersymmetric BPS black holes are necessarily extremal in supersymmetric gravity theories. Because of the relation between horizon area and entropy, such extremal black branes are dual to field theory states with zero temperature and a large nonzero entropy density. This behavior is non-trivial and somewhat problematic to understand because, from the third law of thermodynamics, one expects zero entropy at zero temperature. Based on these reasons, extremal black holes have been extensively studied, for example in the case of quantum properties of black holes and microstate counting. Another example of such applications is studying the quantum critical phenomena in condensed matter systems [7]. The authors studied the geometry of extremal Anti-de Sitter Reissner-Nordstrom (AdSRN) in \(d+1\) black brane where the dual field theory is supposed to be a *d*-dimensional strongly-coupled system at zero temperature and finite *U*(1) charge density. To probe this system, they studied scalars as well as spinors. Some transport coefficients such as conductivity and viscosity have been studied using \(AdS_4RN\). It was shown that the ratio of shear viscosity \((\eta )\) to the entropy density (*s*) is \(\frac{1}{4\pi }\) [8, 9, 10, 11]. As a result, one may generalize some universal arguments at the finite temperature to field theory at zero temperature using extremal backgrounds.

The extremal backgrounds with vanishing entropy density in appropriate extremal limits are an interesting research area. Extremal black holes with a vanishing one-cycle on the horizon and with the vanishing horizon area have been studied in [12]. The different aspects of a given Extremal Vanishing Horizon (EVH) black hole, its near-horizon geometry and a possible dual two-dimensional conformal field theory (CFT) picture for the corresponding excitations have been studied in [13, 14]. They also discuss the EVH in various theories in diverse dimensions and EVH/CFT proposal. Moreover, dynamical laws of near horizon extremal geometries were discussed in [15, 16]. Using “top-down” construction, the four and five-dimensional extremal black holes have been studied in [17, 18, 19]. They consider extremal black branes with a singular horizon and zero ground state entropy which is dual to zero temperature \({\mathcal {N}} = 4\) Super-Yang-Mills theory with two equal nonvanishing chemical potentials. The singularities are related to divergences of the scalars as well as of curvature invariances and they can be avoided by turning on small but non-zero horizon radius \((r_h)\). One should notice that in the infrared region (IR) of such geometries there is no \(AdS_2\) region which is interesting because in the extremal limit of more general black holes like AdSRN the \(AdS_2\) regions are responsible for many universal properties of the boundary field theory at zero temperature [20].

To study field theory properties of such systems, one may use the linear response of the theory to fermionic operators as in [17]. Then Fermi surface singularities and the spectrum of fluctuations should be found and finally classified different behaviors as Fermi liquid, non-Fermi liquid, or marginal Fermi liquid. Results can be related to the experimental observations like strange metals in cuprates and in heavy fermion systems [21].

In this paper, we probe the extremal black holes by studying energy loss of a moving heavy point particle. In the case of quark-gluon-plasma (QGP) produced at RHIC and LHC, the energy loss of heavy probes is an important subject [22]. Studying such phenomena at strong coupling needs non-perturbative and time-dependent methods which are inadequate for describing [23, 24]. Using gauge/gravity duality, the energy loss of heavy quarks was initially investigated in [25, 26]. They considered a heavy probe quark traveling with constant linear velocity through the strongly coupled plasma and found the energy required to keep it in uniform motion. One finds that the energy loss is proportional to the momentum of the quark and concludes that the energy loss mechanism is such as a drag force.

Study of the energy loss of heavy probes at zero temperature has been done in the case of strongly-coupled superfluids in [27]. They use gauge/gravity correspondence and model a superfluid to study its response to a heavy pointlike probe. It was shown that there is a critical velocity which was determined from the bulk geometry. They also study the stochastic force acting on the moving heavy probe and found the transverse and longitudinal mean momentum transfer. The extension of the idea of using AdS/CFT to study energy loss of extended defects in strongly-coupled systems has been done in [28]. They consider bulk gravities created by general *Dp*-branes as well as holographic superfluids. For the superfluid case, it was confirmed that there is a cutoff velocity, below which the probe experiences no drag force.

In this paper, we consider extremal black holes to study the drag force on the heavy probe. We find an analytic solution which depends on the chemical potential, quadratically. Increasing the charge density leads to increasing of the drag force at a constant velocity. Decelerating of the probe at zero temperature can be studied by considering the behavior of trailing string after small perturbations. Interestingly, we find that the IR divergency does not show the logarithmic behavior, while it is a generic feature at finite temperature case. As a result, by studying the shape of trailing string in the near horizon geometry of extremal background, one concludes that the IR divergency of extremal black hole would not be the logarithmic case.

We also study Brownian motion of the probe and calculate the transverse \((\kappa _T)\) and longitudinal \((\kappa _L)\) mean momentum transfer at zero temperature and finite density. Such stochastic motion provides important observables in QGP, where related physics can be found in [33]. It has been shown that in generic isotropic holographic theories \(\kappa _L/\kappa _T\,>1\). This is a universal relation and a way to violate is to consider anisotropic geometries [35]. We investigate that the universal behavior also exist in holographic extremal backgrounds.

The Langevin coefficients are defined in terms of the world-sheet temperature of trailing string \(T_{ws}\). We show that \(T_{ws}\) in the extremal backgrounds is finite while the boundary field theory temperature *T* is zero. Since the system is out of equilibrium, \(T_{ws}\) is different from the boundary temperature. For non-extremal backgrounds, it was argued that \(T_{ws}\) can be lower than that of the heat bath *T*, then the non-equilibrium noise can be smaller than that in equilibrium case [34]. While this is not the case for the extremal backgrounds where the boundary field theory temperature is zero and always \(T_{ws}\) is greater than \(T=0\). The generic conditions for a negative excess noise have been discussed in [35].

Curiously, we extend our study to extremal backgrounds with vanishing entropy density in appropriate extremal limits. We first consider 5-dimensional extremal 3-charge black holes denoted as (2+1)QBH when two of charges are equal. In this case, there are two different extremal limits for vanishing temperature and entropy. Interestingly, we find an analytic result for the drag force and it is shown that it does not change in these limits. We also compute \(\kappa _L/\kappa _T\) in this extremal case and it is found that it obeys the universal property [35].

This paper is organized as follows. In the next section, we will consider AdSRN extremal geometry in five dimensions and study the drag force at zero temperature. We also study in this section the stochastic behavior of the point particle. We extend our results to the case of \({\mathcal {N}}=4\) SYM theory with a 3-charge black hole (3QBH) in Sect. 3. In Sect. 4, we consider 10 dimensional 3QBH and study the same physics. In the last section, we summarize our results.

## 2 Energy loss from extremal AdSRN

*L*is AdS radius, \( g_F \) is an effective dimensionless gauge coupling constant, and \( F_{\mu \nu }=\partial _{\mu }A_{\nu }-\partial _{\nu }A_{\mu } \) where \( A_{\mu } \) is

*U*(1) gauge field. The 5-dimentional solution of equation of motion coming from this action can be obtained as \( AdS_5 \) RN black hole

*t*, \( \vec {x} \) are time and space coordinates in the boundary and

*r*denotes the radial direction. We consider the event horizon as \( r_h \) where \( f(r_h)=0 \), then one can rewrite

*f*(

*r*) as follows:

*m*and the charge

*q*in terms of \(r_h\) are given as

### 2.1 Finding drag force from holography

*a*,

*b*run over these two dimensions. By choosing \(( \tau =t,\, \sigma =r )\) and defining \( {\dot{X}}=\partial _{\tau }X, X'=\partial _{\sigma }X \) and \({\dot{X}}.X'={\dot{X}}^{\mu }X'^{\nu }G_{\mu \nu }\), where \(G_{\mu \nu }\) is the background metric (2), one finds

*x*direction

*C*is a constant of motion. To have a hanging string from boundary to the horizon, \( x'^2 \) should be positive everywhere, i.e. both numerator and denominator of (10) should change sign at the same point. This critical point is denoted as \( r_c \) and one finds the constant of motion in terms of it

*T*and \(\mu \) as follows:

*T*leads to increasing the drag force. Also at fixed

*T*, by increasing \(\mu \) the drag force increases.

*T*. One finds

## 3 Quasinormal modes

Now, we consider decelerating of the probe at zero temperature and finite density. Then we should study curved open string on the late time and low velocity and consider small perturbations to the classical open string and find quasinormal modes on the string world-sheet. These modes give important information about the return to equilibrium of the trailing string after small perturbations. Therefore, one finds the friction coefficient term, \({\tilde{\mu }}\), in the small velocity limit. The quasinormal mode analysis in three dimensions and finite temperature has been studied in [25].

*f*(

*r*) close to the horizon as \( f''(r_h) (r-r_h)^2+{\mathcal {O}}(r-r_h)^3 \) where we can set \( n^2 \) such that \( f''(r_h)=\mu ^{-2} \) and obtain the solution

*x*in (23), we arrive at

*x*yields \( x' \approx -{\tilde{\mu }} \mu ^2/(r_h^2(r-r_h)^2) \) while for the non-extremal case the shape of the string is obtained as \( x_N' \approx -{\tilde{\mu }}/(4\pi T(r-r_h)) \). As is clear, the near horizon behavior of trailing string in extremal black holes differs from that of the non-extremal case. In the former, it is proportional to \((r-r_h)^{-1}\) while in the latter it has logarithmic divergence. By studying the near horizon geometry of trailing string in the bulk, one finds that the IR divergence does not show the logarithmic behavior in the extremal case. This would be a general property of extremal backgrounds. In general, one may also consider an exponential damping solution of the following form:

*x*as a power series \(x=x_0+{\tilde{\mu }}^2 x_1+\cdots \). The eigenvalue equation implies that

*f*(

*r*) goes to 1. Therefore, by taking \( x_0=A \), which is a constant, and using (27) and (28) one finds for \( r\sim r_h \)

### 3.1 Stochastic behavior

*k*in \(g_{kk}\) denotes a particular transverse direction of motion

*x*, which is \( x^2 \) or \( x^3 \) coordinates. In the longitudinal direction it is given by

In Fig. 1, we plot \( \kappa _{L}/\kappa _{T} \) quantity in terms of velocity of the heavy probe for the extremal case. It increases monotonically by increasing \(\nu \). As one finds from (37), the ratio begins from unity. Interestingly, we find that these coefficients satisfy the inequality \( \kappa _{L}>\kappa _{T} \). This universal inequality between the longitudinal and the transverse Langevin coefficients has been studied in [35] and it was discussed that the non-extremal AdSRN backgrounds satisfy this inequality. They study how \( \kappa _{L}/\kappa _{T} \) changes from horizon to the boundary by considering the metric functions in (2). Here, we conclude that in the extremal AdSRN background \( \kappa _{L} > \kappa _{T} \).

## 4 Energy loss from 5-dimensional extremal 3-charge black holes

The \(N=4 \) SYM theory is dual to type IIB supergravity on \( AdS_5\times S^5 \) which has a rank 3 SO(6) R-symmetry associated to \( S^5 \) and correspond to 3 distinct chemical potentials. Indeed, this theory at nonzero temperature and chemical potential is dual to the near horizon limit of rotating D3-background consisting of a Kerr black hole with \( AdS_5\times S^5 \) asymptotics. The theory has three different charges referred to as 3-charge black hole (3QBH). For simplicity, we can take two of them equal, i.e. (2+1)QBH. In this case if \( q_1=0 \), (2+1)QBH is called 2QBH.

### 4.1 2QBH extremal limits

There are two different approaches for obtaining extremal 2QBH. For the first approach, type I, one can set \( q_1\rightarrow 0 \) then consider \( r_h\rightarrow 0 \) to find extremal case. The second one, type II, is achieving by considering \( q_1 \) as a function of \( r_h \) and \( q_2 \) then imposing \( r_h \rightarrow 0 \). These two limits are not exactly the same and quantities like chemical potential take different values in these approaches.

*A*,

*B*, and \( r_c \) does not change and \( \mu _1=\mu _2=\sqrt{2}q_2/L^2 \). Also, entropy in both limits vanishes. As a quick result, according to (45), the shape of string in the bulk for these two limits would be the same since

*A*and

*B*as well as \( r_c \) does not change in these limits. Finally, the drag force for type II extremal 2QBH would be

Comparing the drag force in two extremal limits, one finds that they are the same, i.e. the drag force for extremal 2QBH cannot be affected from these two limits.

One may also compare the drag force for extremal 2QBH in (55) with extremal AdSRN result given in (20). Notice in extremal 2QBH background entropy vanishes while in the extremal AdSRN background it is finite. Then two mediums are at zero temperature and finite density while mediums do not have the same entropy. Considering a moving particle in two mediums, one finds different equations for the drag force. As an important observation, one finds that the drag force in both extremal backgrounds depends on the squared of the chemical potential. However, the dependency of the equations to the velocity of the particle is not the same as each other.

### 4.2 Stochastic behavior

In this section, we study the Brownian motion of a moving heavy particle at zero temperature and finite density with zero entropy. Comparing with extremal AdSRN background, the motivation is to find how \(T_{ws},\,\kappa _L\) and \(\kappa _T\) change in extremal 2QBH geometry. We investigate the dependence of these quantities on the type of the background.

In Fig. 3, we show the ratio of longitudinal to transverse coefficient \(\frac{\kappa _L}{\kappa _T}\) versus the velocity for two different extremal backgrounds, i.e. extremal 2QBH and extremal AdSRN, respectively. As we explained extremal 2QBH corresponds to a medium at finite density with zero temperature and zero entropy. While extremal AdSRN correspond to a medium at finite density with zero temperature and finite entropy. We observe that the transverse and longitudinal coefficients depend on the properties of the medium. One may study behavior of \(\kappa _L\) and \(\kappa _T\) in two mediums. As a general result, we find that in both cases \(\kappa _L\,>\,\kappa _T\).

## 5 10D case

*G*is the five-dimensional Newton’s constant and horizon radius, \( r_h \), is obtained from \( h(r_h)=0 \). For simplicity we ignore \( \theta _i \) directions and rewrite the metric as

As a result, one finds that in both cases of extremal and non-extremal the near horizon behavior depends on the charges of the background.

### 5.1 EVH limit

Another case we would like to study is BPS single charge. This one is an extremal black hole gained by \( q_2=q_3=0 \) which leads to \( m=0 \). The drag force is computed for each of the extremal cases we discussed as a function of \( \omega \) in Fig. 4. As it is clear from this figure, increasing \( \omega \) leads to increasing the drag force.

## 6 Conclusion

In this paper, we studied the drag force on a moving heavy point-like probe in a strongly-coupled medium at zero temperature and finite density. First, we considered the AdSRN black brane background and calculated the drag force, analytically. One important observation is that unlike [27], we do not find any critical value for the velocity of the probe from the drag force relation. Also using the holographic method, we investigated the near horizon behavior of the trailing string in the bulk of the extremal AdSRN background. Interestingly, in contrast with the non-extremal case, there is no logarithmic divergency. We also studied the stochastic behavior of the probe in this medium. We computed the temperature of the world-sheet for the extremal case. The Langevin coefficients were computed and it is found that they satisfy the universal predicted bound, i.e. \( \kappa _{L}/\kappa _{T}>1 \).

Next, we generalized these calculations to 5-dimensional 3QBH geometry, considering vanishing entropy limit. There are two different approaches to get extremal 2QBH geometries. It is shown that the drag force formula in these approaches does not change. We also computed the Langevin coefficients in the extremal case and showed that the ratio \( \kappa _{L}/\kappa _{T} \) obeys the universal bound.

It is worthwhile to mention that in extremal 2QBH background entropy vanishes while in the extremal AdSRN background it is finite. Then two corresponding mediums are not the same. The drag force on a moving particle in two mediums have different equations. As an important observation, one finds that the drag force in both extremal backgrounds depends on the squared of the chemical potential. However, the dependency of the equations to the velocity of the particle is not the same as each other. We observe also that the transverse and longitudinal coefficients differ in two mediums. One may study how \(\kappa _L\) and \(\kappa _T\) change in two mediums. As a general result, we find that in both cases \(\kappa _L\,>\,\kappa _T\).

Finally, we investigated the drag force in 10-dimensional 3QBH and considered the motion of string in \( S^5 \) part directions. We studied the near horizon behavior of the trailing string in non-extremal and extremal cases and discussed how the logarithmic divergency depends on the charges of the background. The drag force has been calculated numerically for EVH, extremal 2-charge and BPS single charge cases. It was shown that by increasing the angular velocity the drag force also increases.

## Notes

### Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the scientific atmosphere of school of physics of IPM, Tehran, during the course of this project.

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