Entanglement from dissipation and holographic interpretation

  • M. Botta Cantcheff
  • Alexandre L. Gadelha
  • Dáfni F. Z. Marchioro
  • Daniel Luiz Nedel
Open Access
Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


In this work we study a dissipative field theory where the dissipation process is manifestly related to dynamical entanglement and put it in the holographic context. Such endeavour is realized by further development of a canonical approach to study quantum dissipation, which consists of doubling the degrees of freedom of the original system by defining an auxiliary one. A time dependent entanglement entropy for the vacumm state is calculated and a geometrical interpretation of the auxiliary system and the entropy is given in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence using the Ryu–Takayanagi formula. We show that the dissipative dynamics is controlled by the entanglement entropy and there are two distinct stages: in the early times the holographic interpretation requires some deviation from classical General Relativity; in the later times the quantum system is described as a wormhole, a solution of the Einstein’s equations near to a maximally extended black hole with two asymptotically AdS boundaries. We focus our holographic analysis in this regime, and suggest a mechanism similar to teleportation protocol to exchange (quantum) information between the two CFTs on the boundaries (see Maldacena et al. in Fortschr Phys 65(5):1700034, arXiv:1704.05333 [hep-th], 2017).

1 Introduction

The AdS/CFT correspondence is the most successful application of the holographic principle, and it plays a very important role in the study of the non perturbative sector of a class of Yang–Mills theories. It allows to calculate non-perturbative vacuum expectation values of Yang–Mills operators via tree level calculation in the perturbative sector of type IIB string theory on Anti-de Sitter background. In fact, the conjecture enables calculations of Yang–Mills expectation values in terms of classical propagators on asymptotically AdS geometries. On the other hand, since the AdS/CFT correspondence is a duality, it would be possible to read the holographic dictionary in another way and use the Yang–Mills computations to infer classical properties of the bulk geometry. A more challenging application is to use the holographic dictionary to analyze quantum aspects of gravity. However, our understanding on the basic principle of the holography, even in the context of string theory, is still limited. It is well-known that, to address fundamental issues in quantum gravity such as black hole singularity or quantum cosmology, it is necessary to develop a more general framework for the holography, which allows us to go beyond the Anti-de Sitter spacetime and explore non-trivial generalizations of the AdS/CFT correspondence.

A key property of holography is that it allows to relate geometric quantities with microscopic information of the quantum field theory. The most famous example is the Bekenstein–Hawking entropy, which relates the area of a black hole’s event horizon to its entropy: the entropy is directly computable from the quantum state of the system. In an outstanding application of the AdS/CFT dictionary, Ryu and Takayanagi (RT) proposed in [1] that the area of a minimal surface in a holographic geometry should be related to the entanglement between the degrees of freedom contained within this region and those of its complement. In particular, they proposed the formula
$$\begin{aligned} S= \frac{A}{4G_N}, \end{aligned}$$
where S is the entropy of a spatial region \(\Omega \) and A is the area of the minimal surface in the bulk whose boundary is given by \(\partial \Omega \). Their proposal has been checked in many ways and this relation is proved in [2] for a spherical symmetry case and for a more general case in [3]. Quantum corrections to this area law formula are considered in [4, 5] and the time evolution of the entropy was studied in [6, 7]. Also, a holographic entanglement entropy in a higher derivative gravity theory has been obtained in several works, in particular in [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13].

The main goal of the present work is to explore the RT formula in the context of dissipative quantum field theories. Dissipative quantum field theories have been studied in the last years for several reasons, and one of these reasons is the experimental results that came out of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The experimental results suggest that the quark gluon plasma is “strongly coupled” with a very small value of \(\eta /s\), where \(\eta \) is the shear viscosity and s the thermodynamical entropy density. This result motivates the development of finite temperature holographic techniques to calculate transport coefficients, and a universal result for the shear viscosity, \(\eta /s= 1/(4\pi )\), was derived in [14]. On the other hand, using the Bañados–Teitelboim–Zanelli (BTZ) black hole [15] as its holographic dual, the Brownian motion of a heavy quark in a finite temperature Conformal Field Theory (CFT) was studied in [16] in the context of Langevin equation. The holographic Schwinger–Keldysh method was developed for this case in [17] and the Thermo Field Dynamics (TFD) in [18]. One of the interesting results is that there is a drag force on the fluctuating external quark even at zero temperature, owing to radiation. This was studied in detail in [19], where the same result for the zero temperature term is obtained for pure AdS in all dimensions. This suggests that, even at zero temperature, important dissipative effects can be read from holographic techniques.

A close relation between dissipation and entanglement was pointed out in [20], where it was reported an experiment where dissipation generates continuously entanglement between two macroscopic objects. Concerning the quantum treatment of dissipative systems, the quantum theory of damped linear harmonic oscillators can lead to a vacuum state that is in fact an entangled state [21]. By putting forward the Feshbach–Ticochinski approach in [22], it was realized a relationship between the canonical quantization of the damped harmonic oscillator and the TFD formalism, where the damped harmonic oscillator was interpreted as the thermal vacuum and the TFD entropy operator appears naturally as the entanglement entropy operator, in a suitable extension to quantum fields. Following these ideas, we are going to use in this work the RT formula to give a holographic interpretation of the relationship between entanglement and dissipation, concerning conformal field theories at zero and finite temperature.

In order to handle dissipation using a canonical approach, one needs settings which are wider than those of usual applications of quantum field theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence. In particular, if one introduces dissipation from the outset in the usual settings, two immediate problems come to light. The first one is the Lorentz covariance breaking: dissipation is a typical process that breaks the invariance under boost transformations. Just because there is a deep relation between dissipation and the “arrow of time”, a dissipative process defines a natural preferred frame. Although it is possible to write a covariant action, the expectation values break the Lorentz covariance [23, 24, 25]. Also, as thermal effects are taken into account, the thermal bath’s frame works as the preferred frame. The second problem is the loss of unitarity. However, this problem can be circumvented and it is possible to preserve the unitarity and make usual quantum mechanics in a finite volume limit. In order to do such endeavour, we shall work therefore with Hamiltonian theories in which dissipative effects are caused by interactions with additional degrees of freedom [22, 23, 24]. In this case, the AdS/CFT correspondence allows an elegant interpretation of the auxiliary degrees of freedom. The explanation follows the same spirit of Israel’s work in black holes using TFD [26]. In TFD, in order to take care of thermal expectation values, the original system is duplicated and the thermal vacuum is defined via a Bogoliubov transformation, which actually entangles the system and its copy. In maximally extended black hole solutions, the auxiliary degrees of freedom are interpreted as fields living behind the horizon; for AdS black holes, this defines two asymptotic conformal theories. In references [27, 28], a mechanism to send a signal between the boundaries is presented. From a teleportation protocol, an effective potential reproduces an “attractive force” that brings the boundaries closer. The potencial is set up with the product of two hermitian operators, one on each side. In our work, we obtain a similar potential that couples the two boundaries.

We consider a particular coupling between two systems that will drive dissipation in one of the boundaries. Note that what defines the system and the auxiliary system is just the geometric region where the measures are taken. We show that, for one class of asymptotic observers, the vacuum state is an entangled state and we calculate the entanglement entropy in a “canonical way”. Actually, we show that the entanglement entropy can be calculated via expectation value of an operator, defined as the entanglement entropy operator, which is in fact a representation for the modular Hamiltonian [29], playing a dynamical role in this system. In fact, it will be seen that the time evolution of the vacuum entangled state is generated by the time derivative of that operator. So, after establishing a geometric description for the dissipative conformal field theory (DCFT), we can use the RT formula to infer that the time evolution of the minimal surface is controlled by the time dependence of the entangled state.

We observe at least two distinct holographic stages: for the first one, at very early times, some type of deviation from classical Einstein’s gravity should be considered in order to describe changes of the spacetime topology [30]; in the second one, for later times, we can study the leading large-N effects by considering a classical solution of the Einstein’s equations as the holographic dual. The final sections of the present paper will be devoted to study the second holographic stage.

In order to find out the geometric picture of the dissipative scenario presented here, we look for an asymptotically AdS gravitational system that reproduces the same dissipative dynamics on the boundary. It is known for a long time that scalar field coupled to Friedmann–Robertson–Walker (FRW) metric has a kind of dissipative behavior [31, 32, 33, 34, 35]. In particular, the equation of motion has the same damping term of the DCFT studied here. In [36] it was shown that, using a particular coordinate transformation, it is possible to have FRW metric on the boundary from a BTZ black hole on the bulk. So, this appears to be the geometric system that we are looking for. However, it will be shown that the time dependent entanglement entropy derived here demands that the original metric is not BTZ, but a sort of Vaidya solution in the adiabatic approximation; that is, a BTZ black hole with a slowly time dependent mass. Keeping this scenario in mind, the RT formula allows to find a natural relationship between dissipation, entanglement, thermodynamics and black hole physics. However, as it will be discussed in Sect. 7, for \(AdS_3\) the holographic picture based on the FRW boundary is just an approximation of the DCFT. In the asymptotic limit, the entangled state derived here can be seen as an approximation of the TFD vacuum.

This work is organized as follows: in Sect. 2 we present the dissipative model; in Sects. 3 and 4 the time dependent entropy is canonically computed; in Sect. 5 we show how we deal with the time dependence of the entropy in holographic computations; in Sect. 6 the holographic model is constructed; and Sect. 7 is devoted to the conclusions.

2 The dissipative model

In this section we are going to develop the main idea of this work. We start with a system A, whose degrees of freedom are described by a free conformal field \(\phi \) living on a compact space \(\Omega \subset \mathfrak {R}^d\). The usual canonical approach to study dissipative systems consists of putting the system A inside another system \(\bar{A}\) (bath, medium, or environment), whose degrees of freedom are unknown. The system \(\bar{A}\) interacts with the system A such that, from the \(\phi \)-field perspective, there is a dissipative process which can be described by the equation
$$\begin{aligned} (\partial _t^2-\nabla ^2 )\phi + \gamma \partial _t\phi =0, \end{aligned}$$
where \(\gamma \) is the damping coefficient that will describe the coupling between the original fields and the medium (the \(\bar{A}\) system). Here we study the problem from a different perspective. We think of A and \(\bar{A}\) as two physical systems living in different geometric regions, corresponding to two asymptotic conformal theories. In a certain moment an interaction is suddenly switched on, allowing energy exchange between the two theories.1 The Eq. (2) is just the resulting dynamics as seen by the A system.
If we represent the \(\bar{A}\) system by \(\psi \) fields, we can write the following Lagrangian that reproduces the Eq. (2)
$$\begin{aligned} L= \int _\Omega d^dx\,\psi \,\left[ (\partial _t^2-\nabla ^2 )\phi + \gamma \partial _t\phi \right] . \end{aligned}$$
Integrating (3) by parts and neglecting the boundary terms, we can write it in the symmetric form
$$\begin{aligned} L= \int _\Omega d^dx \left[ \partial _{\mu }\phi \partial ^{\mu }\psi + \frac{\gamma }{2}\left( \phi \partial _t\psi -\psi \partial _t\phi \right) \right] . \end{aligned}$$
The variation of (4) with respect to \(\psi \) gives (2), while minimizing it with respect to \(\phi \) leads to the equation of motion for the \(\psi \) field
$$\begin{aligned} (\partial _t^2-\nabla ^2 )\psi - \gamma \partial _t\psi =0. \end{aligned}$$
Equation (5) shows that \(\psi \) describes an identical copy of the physical field \(\phi \) with the time direction reversed. The interaction between \(\psi \) and \(\phi \) describes the dissipative behavior precisely [22, 23, 24].

We want to draw attention for the similarity of this construction with the rules of TFD: the field \(\psi \) can be considered the TFD’s double of the system, and it can be interpreted as a derivation of the TFD picture. In this context, the field \(\psi \) evolves in the inverse time direction. In the usual interpretation, if the coupling is switched off (\(\gamma \rightarrow 0\)), we recover two non-interacting (free) CFT’s whose states describe spacetimes with two locally asymptotically AdS regions [30]. In particular, the ground state \(|0>_\phi \otimes |0>_\psi \) represents two disconnected copies of the exact AdS spacetime [38], and the thermal vacuum2 is the Kruskal extension of an eternal AdS black hole3 [40]. Furthermore, the AdS/CFT dictionary implies that, in this example, the gravity dual theory is very stringy, and therefore quantum gravity interprets it as quantizing strings on AdS such that these metrics shall be recovered in the proper large N-limit. In the following sections, the behavior of the entropy will refer us to two different scenarios. We will focus on the large \(\gamma t\) limit, where it will be possible to make an approximation compatible with the large N limit, and the holographic picture can be understood in terms of Vaidya black holes, written in a particular coordinate system. Also note that the Lagrangian (4) is different from the ones studied in [41, 42] just because we are interested in the dissipative process and its relation with the entanglement entropy. As the dissipative process imposes a privileged direction of time, Lorentz invariance is broken [23, 24, 25]. However, the entanglement entropy for models with broken Lorentz symmetry has the same behavior as the relativistic ones [43].

The canonical conjugate momenta of the fields are
$$\begin{aligned} \pi _{\phi }= & {} \frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{\phi }}= \dot{\psi }- \frac{\gamma }{2}\psi \nonumber \\ \pi _{\psi }= & {} \frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{\psi }}= \dot{\phi }+ \frac{\gamma }{2}\phi , \end{aligned}$$
and the Hamiltonian can be written as
$$\begin{aligned} {\mathcal {H}} = \pi _{\phi }\pi _{\psi } +\partial _i\phi \partial ^i\psi -\frac{1}{2}\gamma (\phi \pi _{\phi }-\psi \pi _{\psi }) -\frac{\gamma ^2}{4}\psi \phi . \end{aligned}$$
The ansatz for the solution of the equations of motion is
$$\begin{aligned} \phi = \phi ' e^{-\frac{\gamma }{2}t}, \end{aligned}$$
where \(\phi '\) is the plane wave solution with frequency \(\omega _{k} = \pm \,\sqrt{k^2 - \frac{\gamma ^2}{4}}\). Note that the system has real frequencies since an IR cut off is defined by \(\gamma \).
The general solution can be expanded in terms of quasi-normal frequencies (frequencies with imaginary part), namely
$$\begin{aligned} \phi = \phi _\Omega (x) e^{i\Omega t}, \quad \Omega = w + i \Gamma . \end{aligned}$$
Replacing this into the equation of motion and demanding that k is real,4 we have that \( \Gamma = \frac{\gamma }{2}\) and \(\omega _{k} = \pm \,\sqrt{k^2 - \frac{\gamma ^2}{4}}\). In summary, the general solution is plane waves damped by a decaying factor \(e^{-\frac{\gamma }{2}t}\). In contrast, the solution for the field \(\psi \) has a growing factor \(e^{\frac{\gamma }{2}t}\); however, by taking the physical time parameter \(-t\), it has the correct damping behavior.
It is easier to quantize the theory by making the redefinition
$$\begin{aligned} \Phi = \frac{\phi +\psi }{\sqrt{2}},\quad \Psi =\frac{\phi -\psi }{\sqrt{2}}. \end{aligned}$$
In terms of the new fields the Lagrangian is
$$\begin{aligned} L = \int d^dx \left\{ \frac{1}{2} \left[ \left( \partial _{\mu }\Phi \right) ^2 - \left( \partial _{\mu }\Psi \right) ^2 \right] + \frac{\gamma }{2} \left( \Psi \dot{\Phi } - \Phi \dot{\Psi }\right) \right\} , \end{aligned}$$
and the canonical momenta are
$$\begin{aligned} \Pi _{\Phi }= \dot{\Phi }+ \frac{\gamma }{2}\Psi , \quad \Pi _{\Psi } = -\dot{\Psi }- \frac{\gamma }{2}\Phi . \end{aligned}$$
Now the Hamiltonian can be represented as
$$\begin{aligned} H = H_{\Phi }- H_{\Psi }, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} H_{\Phi }= & {} \frac{1}{2} \int d^{d}x \left[ \left( \Pi _{\Phi } - \frac{\gamma }{2} \Psi \right) ^2 + \frac{1}{2} (\partial _i \Phi )^2\right] \nonumber \\ H_{\Psi }= & {} \frac{1}{2} \int d^{d}x \left[ \left( \Pi _{\Psi } + \frac{\gamma }{2} \Phi \right) ^2 + \frac{1}{2} (\partial _i \Psi )^2 \right] . \end{aligned}$$
In momentum space, the Hamiltonian is
$$\begin{aligned} H= & {} \int d^dk \Bigg [\bar{\Pi }_{\Phi }(k) \bar{\Pi }_{\Phi }(-k) -\bar{\Pi }_{\Psi }(k) \bar{\Pi }_{\Psi }(-k) \nonumber \\&+\frac{1}{2}k^2(\Phi (k)\Phi (-k) -\Psi (k)\Psi (-k))\Bigg ], \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \bar{\Pi }_{\Phi } = \Pi _{\Phi } - \frac{\gamma }{2} \Psi \qquad \bar{\Pi }_{\Psi } = \Pi _{\Psi } + \frac{\gamma }{2} \Phi . \end{aligned}$$
As the total system is canonical, the fields satisfy the usual canonical commutation relations and they can be replaced by expressions in terms of the creation/annihilation operators. As usual, the free fields can be written as
$$\begin{aligned} \Phi (k)= & {} \frac{A_k + A^{\dagger }_{-k}}{\sqrt{2\epsilon _k}} , \quad \Pi _{\Phi } (k) = \frac{\sqrt{2\epsilon _k} (A_k - A^{\dagger }_{-k})}{2i}, \nonumber \\ \Psi (k)= & {} \frac{B_k + B^{\dagger }_{-k}}{\sqrt{2\epsilon _k}} , \quad \Pi _{\Psi } (k) = \frac{\sqrt{2\epsilon _k} (B_k - B^{\dagger }_{-k})}{2i}, \end{aligned}$$
where \([A(k), A^{\dagger }(p)] = [B(k), B^{\dagger }(p)] = \delta (k-p)\) and \(\epsilon _k = \sqrt{k^2}\). The momentum space Hamiltonian becomes
$$\begin{aligned} H= & {} \sum _k \left[ \left( \epsilon _k-\frac{\gamma ^2}{8\epsilon _k}\right) (A^{\dagger }_k A_k - B^{\dagger }_k B_k)\right. \nonumber \\&- \frac{\gamma }{2i} (A_{-k} B_{k} - A^{\dagger }_{-k} B^{\dagger }_k) \nonumber \\&\left. + \frac{\gamma ^2}{16\epsilon _k}(B_{k}B_{-k} + B^{\dagger }_{k}B^{\dagger }_{-k}- A_{k}A_{-k} - A^{\dagger }_k A^{\dagger }_{-k}) \right] .\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
It is easy to see that the Hamiltonian in (17) can be presented as
$$\begin{aligned} H = H_{0} + H_{int}, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} H_{0}= & {} \sum _{k} \left( \epsilon _k-\frac{\gamma ^2}{8\epsilon _k}\right) \left( A^{\dagger }_{k} A_{k} - B^{\dagger }_{k} B_{k} \right) , \\ H_{int}= & {} \sum _{k} \left[ -\frac{\gamma }{2i} \left( A_{-k} B_{k} - A^{\dagger }_{-k} B^{\dagger }_{k}\right) \right. \\&\left. +\frac{\gamma ^2}{16 \epsilon _k}\left( B_{k}B_{-k}+ B^{\dagger }_{k}B^{\dagger }_{-k} - A_{k}A_{-k} - A^{\dagger }_{k}A^{\dagger }_{-k} \right) \right] . \end{aligned}$$
As \([H_{0},H_{int}] = 0\), the vacuum state time evolution is given by5
$$\begin{aligned} \left| 0(t) \right\rangle= & {} \exp (-i H t) \left| 0 \right\rangle \nonumber \\= & {} \exp \left[ \sum _{k}\; \frac{\gamma t}{2} \left( A_{-k} B_{k} - A^{\dagger }_{-k} B^{\dagger }_k\right) \right] \left| 0 \right\rangle \nonumber \\= & {} \prod _{k} \frac{\delta _{kk}}{\cosh \left( \frac{\gamma t}{2}\right) } \exp \left[ \tanh \left( \frac{\gamma t}{2}\right) A^{\dagger }_{-k}B^{\dagger }_{k}\right] \left| 0 \right\rangle . \end{aligned}$$
Note that the dissipative interaction of the two CFTs produces an entangled state. In the next section we are going to show how the entanglement entropy appears naturally in this scenario. Also note that this state becomes stable for \(t \gg 4 / \gamma \) [46],
$$\begin{aligned} \left| 0(t) \right\rangle \sim N \exp \left[ A^{\dagger }_{-k}B^{\dagger }_{k}\right] \left| 0 \right\rangle \equiv \left| B \right\rangle , \end{aligned}$$
where \(\left| B \right\rangle \) is a boundary state in the field theory. In particular this is the solution for the equation
$$\begin{aligned}{}[\Phi (x,t) - \Psi (x,t) ] |B \rangle =0. \end{aligned}$$
In terms of the original fields, this translates into \(\phi \left| B \right\rangle = \psi \left| B \right\rangle =0\), as we should expect in a dissipative theory if we do not take into account thermal effects; this final state is the maximum entanglement state for each mode. In fact, the classical behavior of the fields for later times translates into a (quantum) boundary condition that reads
$$\begin{aligned} \phi \left| 0(t) \right\rangle \approx 0, \end{aligned}$$
for \( 4 / \gamma \ll t \), while the state \(\left| B \right\rangle \) is actually defined by the exact condition
$$\begin{aligned} \phi \left| B \right\rangle = 0. \end{aligned}$$
However, thermal effects are always present in dissipative theories [47]. The Brownian motion does not allow a condition like (22) and (20). This implies that, at least in later times, the \(\gamma \) must not be independent of modes and the asymptotic limit for the vacuum state cannot be (20).

3 Entanglement entropy and dissipative dynamics

In order to analyze the result of Eq. (19) in a more general context, let us consider for a moment a possible dependence of the dissipative coefficient on the particles’ momenta, namely \(\gamma \rightarrow \Gamma _k\). Following reference [22], the entanglement entropy can arise in the scenario introduced above observing that the vacuum at a finite time t, in a finite volume, can also be obtained as
$$\begin{aligned} \left| 0(t) \right\rangle= & {} e^{-\frac{1}{2} S_{A}(t)} e^{\sum _{k} A^{\dagger }_{-k}B^{\dagger }_{k}} \left| 0 \right\rangle \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}= & {} e^{-\frac{1}{2} S_{B}(t)} e^{\sum _{k} A^{\dagger }_{-k}B^{\dagger }_{k}} \left| 0 \right\rangle , \end{aligned}$$
where we have introduced the following operators
$$\begin{aligned} S_{A}(t)= & {} - \sum _{k} [ A^{\dagger }_{k}A_{k}\ln \sinh ^{2}(\Gamma _{k} t) - A_{k}A^{\dagger }_{k}\ln \cosh ^{2} (\Gamma _{k} t)],\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} S_{B}(t)= & {} - \sum _{k} [B^{\dagger }_{k}B_{k}\ln \sinh ^{2} (\Gamma _{k} t) - B_{k}B^{\dagger }_{k}\ln \cosh ^{2} (\Gamma _{k} t)].\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
Many interesting properties are related to these operators.6 First of all, considering the result of their expectation value in the time evolved vacuum,
$$\begin{aligned} \left\langle 0 \left( t\right) \left| A^{\dagger }_{k}A_{k} \right| 0 \left( t\right) \right\rangle = \left\langle \ 0 \left( t\right) \left| B^{\dagger }_{k}B_{k} \right| 0 \left( t\right) \right\rangle = \sinh ^{2}\left( \Gamma _{k}t\right) ,\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
we can write it as
$$\begin{aligned} \mathcal{S}_{A}(t)= \left\langle 0 \left( t\right) \left| S_{A} \right| 0 \left( t\right) \right\rangle = - \sum _{n\ge 0}\mathcal{W}_{n}(t) \ln \mathcal{W}_{n}(t), \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \mathcal{W}_{n}(t)=\prod _{k} \left( \frac{\sinh ^{2n_{k}}\left( \Gamma _{k}t\right) }{\cosh ^{2n_{k}+2}\left( \Gamma _{k}t\right) }\right) , \end{aligned}$$
and the same can be done for \(S_{B}\). Notice also that the vacuum at a finite t can be written in terms of \(\mathcal{W}_{n}(t)\)
$$\begin{aligned} \left| 0(t) \right\rangle = \sum _{n} \sqrt{\mathcal{W}_{n}(t)}\left| n,n \right\rangle . \end{aligned}$$
The expressions above allow us to make an important connection with the density operator. Considering
$$\begin{aligned} \rho = \left| 0(t) \right\rangle \left\langle 0(t)\right| . \end{aligned}$$
then the reduced density operator is
$$\begin{aligned} \rho _{A}= & {} Tr_{B}\left[ \left| 0(t) \right\rangle \left\langle 0(t)\right| \right] \nonumber \\= & {} \sum _{n} \mathcal{W}_{n}(t)\left| n \right\rangle \left\langle n \right| \end{aligned}$$
that is, the entropy operator coincides with the entanglement Hamiltonian defined in the literature [29]. In fact, by tracing out the B-degrees of freedom, we obtain the time-dependent reduced matrix density [50]
$$\begin{aligned} \rho _A (t) = e^{-\mathcal{S}_A (t)}, \end{aligned}$$
showing that the entropy operator \(\mathcal{S}_A (t)\) is nothing but the so-called modular Hamiltonian for this state [29]. Then, the expectation value of any A-operator \(\mathcal{O}_A\) in \(\left| 0(t) \right\rangle \) can be written as
$$\begin{aligned} \left\langle 0(t)| \mathcal{O}_A |0(t) \right\rangle = Tr \rho _A \mathcal{O}_A \end{aligned}$$
Using Eq. (24), we can verify that the time evolution of the vacuum state is generated by the time derivative of the entropy operator or entropy production, namely
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\partial \left| 0(t) \right\rangle }{\partial t}= -\frac{1}{2}\frac{\partial S}{\partial t} \left| 0(t) \right\rangle , \end{aligned}$$
which has an interesting holographic interpretation, as it will be discussed in the next section. Remarkably, let us observe that this equation resembles thermodynamics, even though its derivation has nothing to do with the thermodynamic laws. It is interesting how, by virtue of this equation, the basic notion of equilibrium \(\displaystyle \frac{\partial \left| 0(t) \right\rangle }{\partial t} \approx 0\) is equivalent to the maximum entropy condition
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\partial S}{\partial t} \left| 0(t) \right\rangle \approx 0 , \end{aligned}$$
which is fulfilled if the operator S achieves its maximum value for some time t. This might be recognized precisely as the second law of thermodynamics in a quantum-mechanical sense. For instance, in the example given previously, we can observe explicitly that
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\partial S}{\partial t} \approx 0 \qquad \mathrm {as} \qquad t \gg 4 / \gamma . \end{aligned}$$
This can be easily seen from Eq. (25) where \(e^{-\frac{1}{2} S_{A}(t)} \approx I\) for \(t \gg 4 / \gamma \). We shall return to this point in Sect. 5.7
Fig. 1

The state \(\left. \left| 0\right\rangle \!\right\rangle = \left| 0\right\rangle _A\otimes \left| 0\right\rangle _B\) is dual to two disconnected copies of AdS

3.1 DCFT renormalized entanglement entropy

Let us return now to our original example, where \(\Gamma _k \equiv \gamma \,\,\, \forall \,\, k\). In this case, the expressions above simplify considerably and we can compute explicitly the entanglement entropy as a function of time. In fact,
$$\begin{aligned} S_{A}(t)= & {} - \sum _{k} \left[ A^{\dagger }_{k}A_{k}\ln \sinh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) - A_{k}A^{\dagger }_{k}\ln \cosh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) \right] \nonumber \\= & {} -\hat{N}_{A} \left[ \ln \sinh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) - \ln \cosh ^{2}\left( \gamma t \right) \right] \nonumber \\&+ \sum _{k}\ln \cosh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) , \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \hat{N}_A = \sum _{k} A^{\dagger }_{k}A_{k}. \end{aligned}$$
Defining the functions
$$\begin{aligned} F(t):= & {} - \ln \tanh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) , \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} G(t):= & {} \sum _{k}\ln \cosh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) , \end{aligned}$$
then the entanglement entropy operator reads simply as
$$\begin{aligned} S_{A}(t) = F(t) \hat{N}_A + G(t) . \end{aligned}$$
The Eq. (43) is very useful since, in principle, we can follow the change in the area of an extremal surface in a dual holographic geometry. Actually, this is an operator whose expectation value in the time dependent state defined in (19) provides the area of an extremal surface. For instance, taking the expectation value in the time dependent ground state, we have
$$\begin{aligned} s_{A}(t)= & {} \sum _{k} \delta _{kk} [- \sinh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) \, \ln \tanh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) -\ln \cosh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) ] \nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
Note that when the volume of the space is finite, there is an UV finite term in entropy densities. Differently from the UV behavior of the usual entanglement entropy (which scales with the area), one expects the leading UV behavior of this entanglement entropy to scale with the volume [52]. In order to obtain a finite result, we introduce an UV regulator. Using periodic boundary conditions in \(d=2\), the result is
$$\begin{aligned} \mathcal{S}(t)= & {} -2\sum _{n=1}^{\infty }e^{-\epsilon 2\pi n/L}\nonumber \\&\times \left[ \sinh ^2\left( \gamma t\right) \ln \tanh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) - \ln \cosh ^2\left( \gamma \right) \right] \nonumber \\= & {} -\left[ \sinh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) \,\ln \tanh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) \right. \nonumber \\&\left. - \ln \cosh ^2\left( \gamma t\right) \right] \left( \frac{L}{\pi \epsilon } - 1 + O(\epsilon /L)\right) , \end{aligned}$$
where L is the circumference of the \(S^1\) space and \(\epsilon \) is the UV regulator. Following the usual procedure, we can pick up the UV finite term by differentiating the entropy density in the limit \(\epsilon \rightarrow 0\):
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\partial }{\partial L}\left( \frac{\mathcal{S}(t)}{L}\right)= & {} -\frac{1}{L^2}\left[ \sinh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) \,\ln \tanh ^{2} \left( \gamma t\right) \nonumber \right. \\&\left. - \ln \cosh ^2\left( \gamma t\right) \right] , \end{aligned}$$
and the renormalized entropy is
$$\begin{aligned} s^{Ren}_{A}(t)= & {} -\sinh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) \ln \tanh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) +\ln \cosh ^{2} \left( \gamma t\right) \nonumber \\= & {} {\mathfrak {f}}(t)\sinh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) + \mathfrak {g}(t) , \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} {\mathfrak {f}}(t)= -\ln \tanh ^{2}\left( \gamma t\right) , \quad \mathfrak {g}(t)= \ln \cosh ^2 \left( \gamma t\right) . \end{aligned}$$
For \(\gamma t \ll 1\)
$$\begin{aligned} s^{Ren}_{A}(t) \approx -(\gamma t)^2\ln \left( \gamma t\right) \end{aligned}$$
Notice the similarity with the results found in [41, 42].
Now, let us consider the asymptotic limit \(\gamma t \gg 1\):
$$\begin{aligned} s^{Ren}_{A}(t) \approx \ln (\cosh (\gamma t))\approx \gamma t . \end{aligned}$$
In the asymptotic limit, the entropy grows linearly with time according to the Cardy/Calabrese results. Actually, the asymptotic entropy resembles the finite temperature results of [46], if \(\gamma \) is interpreted in terms of the temperature. This suggests that asymptotically the system thermalizes, which is no surprise when dealing with a dissipative system. Before carrying out the holographic interpretation of this result, let us understand how to deal with the time dependence of entropy in holographic computations. This is the main goal of the next section.

4 The time dependent holographic computations

The renormalized entropy found in (44) would be 4G times the area of the minimal surface in the dual holographic space whose boundary is anchored by \(\partial \Omega \). However, one does not know a priori how much of the variation of this entropy is due to the dual metric change or to the extremal surface, or both. So, let us discuss this point in detail.

According to the AdS/CFT dictionary, the state \(\left| 0(t)\right\rangle \) is dual to a background spacetime metric, namely \(g_{\mu \nu }(t)\).8 In particular, \(\left| 0(t=0)\right\rangle = \left. \left| 0 \right\rangle \!\right\rangle \) corresponds to the globally AdS spacetime; actually, \(\left. \left| 0\right\rangle \!\right\rangle = \left| 0\right\rangle _A\otimes \left| 0\right\rangle _B\) is dual to two disconnected copies of AdS as in Fig. 1 (see [30, 38] for interpretations of such geometries). On the other hand, the entanglement entropy is given by the RT formula,
$$\begin{aligned} s(t)= & {} \left\langle 0(t)\right| S_{A}(t) \left| 0(t)\right\rangle = \frac{1}{4G_N} \, a[ g_{\mu \nu }(t) , \Sigma _t ]\nonumber \\:= & {} \frac{1}{4G_N} \int _{\Sigma _t} \sqrt{\det g^{(ind)}(t)}, \end{aligned}$$
where \(g^{(ind)}(t)\) denotes the induced metric on the minimal (co-dimension two) surface \(\Sigma _t\). The surface represented by the integral on the right hand side of (51) must be properly regularized with a cut-off such that \(\displaystyle \Sigma _t^\epsilon \) has a finite area (see details on this calculation in the context of Wilson loops in [53, 54, 55]).
The limit case
$$\begin{aligned} \lim _{ t\rightarrow 0} \left\langle 0(t)\right| S_{A}(t) \left| 0(t)\right\rangle = 0, \end{aligned}$$
reflects the fact that the minimal surface \(\Sigma _0\), embedded in the exact AdS spacetime (whose conformal boundary is \(S^d\)) and anchored by \(\partial \Omega \), has vanishing area as \(\Omega \rightarrow S^d\). Then, using (51), the metric induced on \(\Sigma _t\) is
$$\begin{aligned} {\mathfrak {f}}(t) \sinh ^2 \left( \gamma t \right) + \mathfrak {g}(t) = \frac{1}{4G_N} \int _{\Sigma _t} \sqrt{\det g^{(ind)}(t)}. \end{aligned}$$
In other words, a holographic dual of our model consists of a metric \(g_{\mu \nu }(t)\) equipped with a minimal surface \(\Sigma _t\) that satisfies (53).
Considering first order variations of the state \(\left| 0(t)\right\rangle \), we can verify that
$$\begin{aligned} \delta s_A (t) \equiv \delta \left\langle 0(t)\right| S_{A}(t) \left| 0(t)\right\rangle = -\, \text{ Tr }_{A} \, \delta \rho _{A} \, S_{A}(t) + O^2 (\delta \rho _{A}) \end{aligned}$$
where the variation is normalized as \(\text{ Tr }_A \, \delta \rho _A = \left\langle 0(t)|\delta 0(t)\right\rangle = 0\). The Eq. (54) can be written as
$$\begin{aligned} \delta s_{A}(t)= & {} \left\langle 0(t) + \delta 0(t)\left| S_{A}(t)\right| 0(t) +\delta 0(t) \right\rangle \nonumber \\&- \left\langle 0(t)\left| S_{A}(t) \right| 0(t)\right\rangle . \end{aligned}$$
In particular, one can think of t (or \(\gamma t\)) as a parameter for the states’ metrics and compute
$$\begin{aligned} \left\langle 0\left| S_{A}(t) \right| 0\right\rangle = {\mathfrak {g}} (t) = (\gamma t)^2 + O^3(\gamma t) \cdots \end{aligned}$$
For instance,
$$\begin{aligned} \left\langle 0(t)\left| S_{A}(t) \right| 0(t)\right\rangle - \left\langle 0\left| S_{A}(t) \right| 0\right\rangle = {\mathfrak {f}}(t) \sinh ^2 \left( \gamma t \right) , \end{aligned}$$
while, using (52),
$$\begin{aligned} \delta s_{A}(t)\equiv & {} \left\langle 0(t)\left| S_{A}(t) \right| 0(t)\right\rangle - \left\langle 0\left| S_{A}(0) \right| 0\right\rangle \nonumber \\= & {} {\mathfrak {f}}(t) \sinh ^2 (\gamma t) + {\mathfrak {g}}(t) , \end{aligned}$$
and the difference between both expressions is precisely \(O^2 (\delta \rho _A) = (\gamma t)^2 + O^3(\gamma t)\), which expresses (54) in terms of the parameter t (or \(\gamma t\)).
On the other hand, since the first variation of the area with respect to \(\Sigma _t\) vanishes [56], we have that
$$\begin{aligned} \delta s_{A}(t)= & {} Tr_{A} \, \delta \rho _A \, S_{A}(t) = \frac{1}{4G_N}\left( \frac{\delta a}{\delta g_{jk}}\right) _{\Sigma _t} \delta g_{jk}(t)\nonumber \\:= & {} \frac{1}{4G_N} \int _{\Sigma _t}\delta \sqrt{det g^{(ind)}(t)}, \end{aligned}$$
where, since the co-dimension \(\Sigma _t\) is two, the area is entirely embedded in a spacelike hypersurface \(\mathcal{N}\), so here \(g_{jk}\) stands for the spacelike Riemannian metric on \(\mathcal{N}\).
Therefore, one can conclude that for states \(\left| \psi \right\rangle \equiv \left| 0(t) + \delta 0(t)\right\rangle \) near to \(\left| 0(t)\right\rangle \) the interpretation of the quantity
$$\begin{aligned} \left\langle \psi \left| S_{A}(t) \right| \psi \right\rangle= & {} \frac{1}{4G_N} \, a[ g_{jk}(t) + \delta g_{jk}, \Sigma _t ]\nonumber \\:= & {} \frac{1}{4G_N} \int _{\Sigma _t} \sqrt{det (g + \delta g)^{(ind)}(t)} \end{aligned}$$
is the area of the same surface \(\Sigma _t\) calculated in the deformed metric \(g^{(\psi )}\equiv g_{jk}(t) + \delta g_{jk}\). Note that \(\Sigma _t\) is the extremal one for the metric \(g_{jk}(t)\), then in general it doesn’t need to be the extremal surface for \(g^{(\psi )}\). Actually, for states arbitrarily different from \(\left| 0(t)\right\rangle \), one does not know on which surface should evaluate this functional, nor if the area law is even valid or there is corrections to it. Nevertheless, one can find a holographic (differential) formula that may be a useful recipe to track the dual metric in certain specific cases, where the minimal embedded surface does not change as the metric is deformed. In principle one must consider a one-parameter family of Riemannian metrics \(\{g_{jk}(\theta )\}_{\theta \in R}\) on a fixed manifold (space) \(\mathcal{N}\), but in the cases we are going to study, we can identify the real parameter \(\theta \) with t, or \( \gamma t\).
We can differentiate the expression (59) with respect to the time parameter and obtain the holographic formula for the entropy production
$$\begin{aligned} \sigma ^R \equiv \frac{d s(t)}{d t} = \frac{1}{4G_N} \, \left( \frac{\delta a}{\delta g_{jk}}\right) _{\Sigma _t } \, \frac{d g_{jk}}{d t}, \end{aligned}$$
where the time/parameter derivative is the total derivative since t shall be interpreted as a parameter rather than a spacetime coordinate. However, if the whole spacetime is built up as a foliation of spaces \(\{(\mathcal{N} , g_{jk})_t, \}_t \equiv M\), there is a frame where the parameter t is the time coordinate and it is on the same foot as the other coordinates of the spacetime,
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{d g_{jk}}{d t} = \left[ \frac{\partial g_{jk}(x^i,t)}{\partial t} \right] \Bigg |_{x^i \in \Sigma _t}. \end{aligned}$$
The formula (61) relates the entropy production \(\sigma ^R\) in the field theory and the rate of change of the spacetime metric \(g_{jk}(x^i,t)\). In (62), \(x^i \) (\(i=1,\ldots d\)) denotes the spatial coordinates, and \(x^i \in \Sigma _t\) means that these coordinates shall be evaluated on the minimal surface after taking partial time derivative. This equation should be supplemented with the RT equation in order to determine such a surface:
$$\begin{aligned} \left( \frac{\delta a}{\delta \Sigma _t }\right) _{g_{jk}}=0. \end{aligned}$$
This prescription is useful for the specific example we are investigating. Equation (61) can be integrated out in the time parameter to obtain the (induced) metric, during an interval \((t_- , t_+)\) provided that
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{d\Sigma _t}{dt} = 0,\quad \forall \; t \in (t_- , t_+) . \end{aligned}$$
Fig. 2

Spatial section t = constant of the wormhole solution

In fact, regarding the limit in which \(\Omega \) covers the whole sphere \(S^d\), one can do an ansatz for the metric with spherical symmetry and AdS asymptotics. In d+1 dimensions, the spacetime metric is given by
$$\begin{aligned} ds^2 = - h(r)dt^2 + \frac{1}{h(r)}dr^2 + g_{\Omega \Omega }(r,t) d\Omega _{d-1}^2, \end{aligned}$$
and the spatial metric \(g_{jk}\) on \(\mathcal{N}_t \) is nothing but
$$\begin{aligned} g_{jk} dx^j dx^k \equiv h(r)^{-1}dr^2 + g_{\Omega \Omega }(r,t) d\Omega _{d-1}^2, \end{aligned}$$
where \(h(r)\rightarrow R^{-2} r^2\) as \(r\rightarrow \infty \) is the asymptotic (AdS) condition. In (65), t is the time coordinate, r is the radial coordinate, \(\Omega _{d-1}\) stands for the polar coordinates, and R is interpreted as the AdS curvature. The exact AdS spacetime is given by \(h= 1 + R^{-2} r^2\) and the induced metric on the spheres \(r=\text{ constant }\) is \(g_{\Omega \Omega }(r,t) d\Omega _{d-1}^2 = r^2 d\Omega ^2_{d-1} \). Now assume that \(h(r) \ne 0 \;\; \forall \;\; r \ge 0\).9 Therefore, the extremal surface is a sphere \(r_0(t)\) whose area is
$$\begin{aligned} a= & {} \int _{r_0(t)} \sqrt{g^{d-1}_{\Omega \Omega }(r,t)} d\Omega = \sqrt{g^{d-1}_{\Omega \Omega }(r_0(t),t)} \int _{S^{d-1}}\nonumber \\ d\Omega _{d-1}\equiv & {} \sqrt{g^{d-1}_{\Omega \Omega }(r_0(t),t)}\;\;k, \end{aligned}$$
with \(k \equiv \text{ Vol }(\Omega _{d-1})\). All the computations made above hold for any spacetime dimension.
If \(d=2\), then \(k=2\pi \) and Eq. (61) reduces to
$$\begin{aligned} \dot{s}= & {} \int _{r_0(t)} \frac{1}{2\sqrt{g_{\Omega \Omega }(r,t)}} \left[ \frac{\partial g_{\Omega \Omega }(r, t)}{\partial t} \right] _{r=r_0(t)}\nonumber \\ d\Omega= & {} \frac{k}{4G_N} \frac{1}{2\sqrt{g_{\Omega \Omega }(r_0(t),t)}} \left[ \frac{\partial g_{\Omega \Omega }(r, t)}{\partial t} \right] _{r=r_0(t)} , \end{aligned}$$
where \(r_0\) would be the position of the minimal surface. Let us propose the following ansatz for the solution
$$\begin{aligned} g_{\Omega \Omega }(r,t)= r^2 + \alpha (t),\qquad \alpha \ge 0, \end{aligned}$$
Then, Eq. (63) gives
$$\begin{aligned} r_0 = 0. \end{aligned}$$
So, condition (64) is satisfied since \(\Sigma _t\) is given by the constant embedding \(\Omega \mapsto \left( r(\Omega ) =0 , \Omega \right) \in \mathcal{N}_t\). Then Eq. (68) becomes
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{d}{d t}\left[ {\mathfrak {f}}(t)\sinh ^2 (\gamma t) + {\mathfrak {g}}(t)\right]= & {} \frac{k}{4G_N} \frac{1}{2\sqrt{\alpha (t)}}\dot{\alpha }(t)\nonumber \\= & {} \frac{k}{4G_N} \,\frac{d}{d t}\,\sqrt{\alpha (t)}, \end{aligned}$$
whose solution is
$$\begin{aligned} \alpha (t) = \left( \frac{4G_N s(t)}{k}\right) ^2. \end{aligned}$$
Thus, in principle, the function h(r) could be determined by solving the Einstein equations (EE) with this input, and the method would allow to determine the space metric from the behavior of the extremal surface.

As it will be clear in the next section, the later times behavior of the entropy indicates that the system thermalizes (see Eq. (50)) [46, 57]. So, the later times regime might be holographically modeled by a two sided geometry consisting of slight (time dependent) deformations from the maximally extended AdS-Schwarschild solution, whose boundaries (where \(\Phi \) and \(\Psi \) live) are causally disconnected by an event horizon (see reference [40]), at least classically. The following model is going to be built up more precisely along these lines of thought.

The example above is a one-sided geometry that can be interpreted as the dual to the state described by the reduced density matrix \(\rho _\Phi \equiv Tr_\Psi |0(t)\rangle \langle 0(t)|\) in the field theory. This can also be expressed as a two-sided geometry dual to the full state \(|0(t)\rangle \in \mathcal{H}_\Phi \otimes \mathcal{H}_\Psi \). For example, for the AdS-Schwarzschild solution with \(h(r) = 1- 2M/r^{d-2} + R^{-2} r^2\), this state is the thermal matrix density \( \rho (\beta )\), while its TFD representation \(|0(\beta )\rangle \) corresponds to the Kruskal extension of the solution (see the construction of [40]). This type of spacetimes describes a sort of wormhole such that the minimal area surface is clearly placed at the throat of the geometry (Fig. 2).

Moreover, if the metric is globally a General Relativity (GR) solution (for some physical energy-momentum tensor), the topological censorship theorems [58] state that there is an event horizon separating causally these two conformal boundaries placed at \(r \sim \pm \infty \). Nevertheless, if the boundary field theories are assumed to interact as in the example above (Eq. (72)), then the boundaries should be causally connected (see [59]). Classically, this conflict can be bypassed only if we assume that the solution above, with h(r) maximally extended to all the real values of r with a throat of radius \(\sqrt{\alpha }\) at \(r=0\), does not contain event horizons anywhere; that is, it can be only a solution of some deformation from GR dynamics (e.g., Lovelock theory [60], Lorentz violating gravities [61], etc.). However, a mechanism that makes the black hole traversable, based on a teleportation protocol, was presented in [28]. This mechanism is suitable to understand the holographic picture for the entropy in the asymptotic limit (\(\gamma t \gg 1\)).

5 Constructing a holographic dual model

Different types of dual geometries corresponding to the behavior described in the previous section could be built up. As emphasized in [52], it is not clear whether a system of two interacting CFTs can be realized holographically. In the case studied here, we have two peculiarities: a time-dependent entropy and the breaking of Lorentz symmetry by dissipative processes. In fact, we will present a different scenario of those studied in [41, 42] and [52]. Let us shed some light on the kind of model we intend to present. From Eq. (49), it can be seen that the early times behavior of the entropy is similar to the results of [41, 42], where it was calculated the entropy for two interacting theories. On the other hand, the asymptotic behavior of the entropy, defined in Eq. (50), suggests that there is thermalization. So, in the later times, there is a formation of a horizon.

5.1 Early times

In early times, the geometry of a spatial slice should be schematically similar to that shown in Fig. 2, with two locally asymptotically AdS regions such that the two fields \(\Phi \) and \(\Psi \) live on the respective asymptotic boundaries. Notice that the time dependent state is \(|0(\gamma t)\rangle \), which, according to the gauge/gravity correspondence, is dual to a metric that depends on time in the same way, that is, \(g_{\mu \nu } = g_{\mu \nu }(\gamma t)\); also, for \(\gamma =0\), the field theory is conformal. Since for the time dependent state \(\gamma = 0\) is equivalent to \(t=0\), the system remains in its fundamental state \(|0\rangle \otimes |0\rangle \), which is dual to the geometry described precisely by two disconnected AdS spaces as shown in Fig. 1.10 We can encompass these two disconnected copies in the same expression for the metric by the introduction of a “radial” global coordinate \(\varrho \), defined in the intervals \(\varrho < 0\) and \(\varrho > 0\), respectively.11 Both manifolds are analytically completed by adding the limit points \(\varrho \rightarrow 0^\pm \). Expressed in terms of these coordinates, the metric in \(d+1\) dimensions reads
$$\begin{aligned} ds^2=R^2\left[ -\frac{dt^2}{1-\varrho ^2}+\frac{d\varrho ^2}{(1-\varrho ^2)^2} +\frac{\varrho ^2 + \epsilon ^2}{1-\varrho ^2}d\Omega ^2_{d-1}\right] , \nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
where \(\Omega ^2_{d-1}\) denotes the metric on a compact Euclidean manifold and we are taking the limit \(\epsilon \rightarrow 0\). The two asymptotic boundaries correspond to \(\varrho =\pm 1\). In the limit \(\epsilon \rightarrow 0\), this is the dual geometry for \(t=0\) describing two AdS spaces in global coordinates, and there is no causal curves connecting both manifolds. We argue that when the interaction is turned on (or \(t\ne 0\)), there is formation of a throat that entangles the vacuum dynamically. In this scenario we have a topology change (\(\epsilon \ne 0\) regime), and the two separate spaces are now connected. This mechanism is hard to understand using a GR solution; we need some GR deformation or some quantum gravity effect that are beyond the scope of this work. We are not going to draw a holographic picture of the early times entropy and we will concentrate just in the later times.

5.2 Later times

The later times’ entropy is ruled by Eq. (50). Note that, if \(\gamma \) is proportional to the temperature, we get the Cardi–Calabrese’s result, suggesting thermalization. This implies that the holographic dual of this theory is BTZ black hole and the fields live, respectively, on the two asymptotically AdS boundaries. As shown in [27] and [28], it is possible to make the wormhole traversable by attaching a coupling between the fields. Effectively, somehow there is an attractive force between the boundaries that makes the radius of the event horizon to decrease, exposing the interior of the black hole. The process can be viewed as a teleportation protocol that sets up a quantum coupling of the form \(e^{igO_AO_B}\), where \(O_A\) and \(O_B\) represent operators of the two boundary theories. Let us show that we have a similar structure. The (leading first-order in gamma) interaction term between the boundaries is
$$\begin{aligned} H^1_{int} = i\frac{\gamma }{2}\;\sum _{k} \; (A_{-k} B_{k} - A^{\dagger }_{-k} B^{\dagger }_{k}). \end{aligned}$$
In fact, the theory studied here can be seen as a deformation in two decoupled conformal field theories living on the two boundaries, namely
$$\begin{aligned} \langle e^{\,\,g\int _{\partial M}O_A O_B} \rangle _{\beta } = Z_{CFT} (g,\beta ), \end{aligned}$$
and the mechanism of information exchange proposed in [27], and studied in [28], works for \(g>0\). The indice \(\beta \) in this equation means that the expectation value is taken on the TFD vacuum. By using the BDHM (Banks, Douglas, Horowitz, Martinec) recipe [62, 63], one can quantize a field near the boundary of the AdS black hole, and \(O_A\), \(O_B\) can be some linear combination of \(A^{\dagger }_{-k}\), \(A_k\) and \(B^{\dagger }_{k}\), \(B_{-k}\) respectively. In particular, if we define hermitian operators as
$$\begin{aligned} O_A= & {} \frac{A^{\dagger } - A}{2i}, \quad O'_A = \frac{A+ A^{\dagger }}{2}, \nonumber \\ O_B= & {} \frac{B^{\dagger } - B}{2i}, \quad O'_B = \frac{B+ B^{\dagger }}{2}. \end{aligned}$$
the hamiltonian (74) has the form \(H= \frac{\gamma }{2}(O_AO_B + O'_AO'_B)\), according to prescription of [28]. Finally, we have
$$\begin{aligned}&\left\langle 0 (\beta ) \right| \exp (-i H^1_{int} \, t) \left| 0 (\beta ) \right\rangle \nonumber \\&\quad = \left\langle 0 (\beta ) \right| \exp \left[ \sum \; \frac{\gamma t}{2} \left( O_A O_B + O'_AO'_B \right) \right] \left| 0 (\beta ) \right\rangle ,\nonumber \\ \end{aligned}$$
and then \(g \equiv \frac{\gamma }{2}\) is positive such as we have thought.

Based on these discussions, we will present in this section a gravitational system that fits to our dissipative theory. In particular, it has similar field’s equation of motion and it is described in a coordinate system covering a region inside the event horizon.

5.3 The BTZ black hole with a time-dependent boundary

Although the results presented so far do not depend on the spacetime dimension, we will now show that in two dimensions it is possible to obtain a clearer geometric interpretation of the entanglement entropy we have calculated. It is well known that, at finite temperature, two dimensional CFT is dual to a BTZ black hole. In general, starting from a bulk metric with a flat boundary, it is possible to perform a coordinate transformation that generates a conformally flat boundary. In order to have a simple way to use the holographic renormalization and to calculate the stress-energy tensor [64, 65], the bulk metric is written in Fefferman–Graham coordinates [66]. In reference [36], this procedure was carried out using a particular coordinate transformation, in order to produce boundary metrics with conformal factors that have explicit time dependence, such that the boundary metric is of the Friedmann–Robertson–Walker (FRW) type
$$\begin{aligned} ds^2= (-dt^2 + a^2(t)d\Omega _D^2). \end{aligned}$$
For \(AdS_5\) black holes, \(D=3\), it is possible to perform a time transformation such that this system perfectly fits the dissipative system presented here. Using the conformal time \(\eta = \displaystyle \int \displaystyle \frac{1}{a(t)}\), the D-dimensional boundary metric has the conformal form \(ds^2= a(\eta )^2(-d\eta ^2 + d\Omega _D^2)\). The equation of motion becomes
$$\begin{aligned} (\partial _{\eta }^2- \nabla ^2)\Phi +(D-2)\frac{\dot{a}(\eta )}{a(\eta )} \dot{\Phi } = 0, \end{aligned}$$
where the dot is the derivative relative to \(\eta \). Now, this equation of motion is exactly the dissipative equation of motion, where for \(CFT_4\) we have, for \(a(\eta )= e^{H \eta }\), \(H= \frac{\gamma }{2}\). For \(AdS_3\) an approximation must be done. We are going to focus on the \(AdS_3\) case, where the coordinate transformation is produced in an analytical form and it is easier to get a minimal area in order to use the RT formula.
We will discuss in this section the main results of [36]. We start with the BTZ metric
$$\begin{aligned} ds^2 = -f(r) dt^2 + \frac{dr^2}{f(r)} + r^2 d\phi ^2, \quad f(r) = r^2 - \mu , \end{aligned}$$
where the temperature and the entropy are given by
$$\begin{aligned} T = \frac{1}{2\pi } \sqrt{\mu }, \quad S = \frac{V}{4G_3} \sqrt{\mu }. \end{aligned}$$
As mentioned earlier, for our holographic applications it is easier to define Fefferman–Graham type coordinates. Defining the variable z
$$\begin{aligned} z= \frac{2}{\mu }(r-\sqrt{r-\mu }), \end{aligned}$$
the metric takes the form
$$\begin{aligned} ds^2 = \frac{1}{z^2} \left[ dz^2 - \left( 1-\frac{\mu }{4} z^2 \right) ^2 dt^2 + \left( 1+\frac{\mu }{4} z^2 \right) ^2 d\phi ^2\right] . \end{aligned}$$
In reference [36], it is shown that it is possible to write this metric as follows
$$\begin{aligned} ds^2 = \frac{1}{z^2} [dz^2 - \mathcal {N}^2 (\tau , z) d\tau ^2 + \mathcal {A}^2 (\tau , z) d\phi ^2 ], \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} {\mathcal {A}} (\tau , z)= & {} a (\tau ) \left( 1 + \frac{\mu -\dot{a}^2 (\tau )}{4a(\tau )^2} z^2 \right) \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} {\mathcal {N}} (\tau , z)= & {} 1 - \frac{\mu - \dot{a}^2 + 2 a \ddot{a}}{4a^2} z^2 = \frac{\dot{\mathcal {A}} (\tau , z)}{\dot{a}} , \end{aligned}$$
for some function a(t) constrained by Einstein equations (see [36] for details). Comparing (84) with (86), we have
$$\begin{aligned} r(\tau , z) = \frac{\mathcal {A} (\tau , z)}{z} = \frac{a}{z} + \frac{\mu - \dot{a}^2 z}{4} \frac{z}{a} . \end{aligned}$$
Now, taking the limit \(z \rightarrow \infty \), we have a time-dependent boundary metric of the FRW type
$$\begin{aligned} ds^2= d\tau ^2- a(t)d\phi ^2, \end{aligned}$$
where \(\phi \) is a periodic variable. By coupling a scalar field to this metric and neglecting the self-interaction of the field, we have the equation of motion
$$\begin{aligned} \left( \partial _t^2- \frac{1}{a^2}\nabla ^2 \right) \phi + H\partial _t\phi =0 , \end{aligned}$$
where \(H = \displaystyle \frac{\dot{a}}{a}\).

Note that, in general, the term \(H\dot{\phi }\) is absorbed in the frequency term by using the conformal time variable and rescaling the fields. However, if we keep the structure of Eq. (89), the approach of doubling the degrees of freedom to make canonical quantization used in [22] allows to explore the subtleties involving the definition of the vacuum of the dissipative theory. In our case, the auxiliary system is in fact a physical system, defined as the degrees of freedom behind the horizon.

Before discussing the kind of approximation we intend to do in order to use this system to give a geometric interpretation of the previous one, let us see another important feature of the coordinate system defined in [36]. As in the static case, the coordinates \((\tau , z)\) do not span the full BTZ geometry. The horizon is defined by \(r_e= \sqrt{\mu }\). If we find the two roots of the equation \(r(z,\tau )= r_e\), we discover that the coordinate system covers the two regions outside the event horizons, located at
$$\begin{aligned} z_{e1}= & {} \frac{2a}{\sqrt{\mu } + \dot{a}}, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} z_{e2}= & {} \frac{2a}{\sqrt{\mu } - \dot{a}}. \end{aligned}$$
This is a very important result, because this implies that, for constant \(\tau \), the minimal value of \(r(\tau ,z)\) is
$$\begin{aligned} r_m= \sqrt{\mu -\dot{a}^{2}}. \end{aligned}$$
Therefore, the lowest value of r is less than \(r_e\) and the boundary system “sees” inside the horizon. According to RT prescription, in this coordinate system we have the following equation for the entanglement entropy [36]:
$$\begin{aligned} S = \frac{1}{4G_3} r_m. \end{aligned}$$
Note that this result is in agreement with the reference [46] where, for non static situations, the minimum area is behind the event horizon.

6 Gravity computations

In this part, we explain an approximated holographic method to analyze the DCFT. It assumes a holographic model for our dissipative system by a little time interval around (before) certain specific instant of its evolution \(t_0\), belonging to certain (stable) regime of interest.

Let us use a BTZ black hole in the coordinates discussed in the previous section, simply referred as a-coordinates. For this calculation, let us assume that there exists a \(t_0 \in \mathfrak {R}\) such that the holographic model simply stops to be a suitable description of our system, so the physical time parameter is taken to be \(t \le t_0\). We are going to assume that \(\mu \) in (80) varies slowly over time, such that the BTZ is in fact a sort of Vaidya solution in the adiabatic approximation, where \(\displaystyle \frac{\dot{\mu }}{\mu } \approx 0\) [6, 67] (see Appendix). The Vaidya solution is the simplest example of a time dependent gravitational background which is explored in the context of the RT conjecture [6, 68, 69]. It represents the black hole collapse and has a time dependent horizon defining a time dependent temperature [70, 71, 72, 73]. We assume also that for the \(AdS_3\), the holographic model describes only the system approximately, i.e. in a neighborhood (immediately before) of \(t_0\), so to first order
$$\begin{aligned} \mu= & {} \mu _0 + (t-t_0) \mu _1 + o^2, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} a= & {} a_0 + (t-t_0) a_1 + o^2. \end{aligned}$$
In order to describe our dissipative system as a scalar field propagating on anti-de Sitter boundary, we must demand also that
$$\begin{aligned} \dot{a}/ a \approx \gamma , \quad a\approx 1, \quad \forall t\approx t_0 \end{aligned}$$
so the equation of motion (89) agrees with that of our original system.
In this gravity model, entanglement entropy can be computed using the Ryu–Takayanagi formula. As the fields are defined in all space spanned by the board coordinate system, the minimal area to use in the Ryu–Takayanagi formula is the area computed with the minimal value of \(r(\tau ,z)\), written in (92). The entropy is
$$\begin{aligned} s=\frac{1}{4G_3}\sqrt{ \mu - \dot{a}^2}. \end{aligned}$$
For a \(t_0 \gg \gamma ^{-1}\), this shall be demanded to agree with \(s \sim \gamma t\) (therefore, the first order expansion of (97)), and using (94) and (95) we obtain
$$\begin{aligned} \mu _1= & {} 8G_3 \gamma \sqrt{\mu _0 - \gamma ^2}, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} t_0= & {} \frac{1}{4G_3} \gamma ^{-1} \sqrt{\mu _0 - \gamma ^2}, \end{aligned}$$
which implies the physical bound
$$\begin{aligned} \mu _0\ge \gamma ^2. \end{aligned}$$
Our description would be inconsistent otherwise. Now, the limit \(\gamma t_0>> 1\) corresponds to small \(G_3\), implying the large N limit, since, according to the AdS/CFT dictionary, \(G_3 \propto 1/N^2\). These results mean that the spacetime parameters are determined for the parameters of our model up to first order (in a Taylor expansion on time). Note that the adiabatic approximation corresponds to the constraint \(\mu _1/\mu _0 \sim \gamma G_3 \ll 1\), again according to large N limit. All the approximations are consistent with small \(G_3\) limit.

6.1 On the holographic energy density

Using the typical AdS/CFT dictionary equation
$$\begin{aligned} \langle T^{(CFT)}_{\mu \nu } \rangle = \frac{1}{8\pi G_3} [g^{(2)} - tr (g^{(2)}) g^{(0)}], \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} g_{\mu \nu } = g^{(0)}_{\mu \nu } + z^2 g^{(2)}_{\mu \nu } + z^4 g^{(4)}_{\mu \nu } , \end{aligned}$$
we have the following Eq. [36]
$$\begin{aligned} \rho = \frac{E}{V} = - \langle T^{\tau }_{\,\,\,\tau }\rangle = \frac{1}{16\pi G_3}\left( \frac{\mu - \dot{a}^2}{a^2}\right) , \end{aligned}$$
where \( \rho \) is the energy density for the boundary theory. Using the linear approximation, it follows
$$\begin{aligned} \rho = \frac{1}{16\pi G_3} \left( \frac{\mu - \dot{a}^2}{a^2}\right) \approx \frac{1}{16\pi G_3} (\mu _0 - \gamma ^2 \,\, + o(t- t_0)), \end{aligned}$$
so that our bound (100) is consistent with the non-negativity of this quantity. Compatible with dissipative behavior, the energy of the actual system decreases as
$$\begin{aligned} \frac{d\rho }{dt} = \frac{1}{16\pi G_3} ( \mu _1 - 2\gamma (\mu _0 - \gamma ^2)) + o(t- t_0) , \end{aligned}$$
near the final time \(t_0\). Then, using (98),
$$\begin{aligned} \dot{\rho }_0= & {} \frac{d \rho }{dt} (t = 0)\nonumber \\\approx & {} 2\gamma \frac{1}{16\pi G_3} \left( 4G_3 \sqrt{(\mu _0 - \gamma ^2)}-(\mu _0 - \gamma ^2)\right) , \end{aligned}$$
which is negative (decreasing) as \((\mu _0 - \gamma ^2) >0\) for smal \(G_3\). Therefore, let us assume that it can decay up to some minimal value, say \(\rho _0\),
$$\begin{aligned} \rho _0 = \frac{1}{16\pi G_3} (\mu _0 - \gamma ^2)\ge 0. \end{aligned}$$

6.2 Relating \(\gamma \) with temperature

Now we are going to show how the coupling \(\gamma \) can be holographically interpretated as the temperature. In the adiabatic approximation, as the BTZ black hole radius slowly varies over time, the black hole stays in equilibrium during the whole evolution and it is possible to define a time dependent temperature. For the Vaidya/BTZ black hole, the temperature is
$$\begin{aligned} T = \frac{1}{2\pi } \sqrt{\mu } \approx \frac{1}{2\pi } \left( \sqrt{\mu _0} + \frac{\mu _1}{2 \sqrt{\mu _0}} (t- t_0) + o^2 \right) . \end{aligned}$$
Although it grows with time, its approximated value as \(t\rightarrow t_0\) is
$$\begin{aligned} T_0 (\rho _0) =\frac{1}{2\pi } \sqrt{\mu _0 (\rho _0)}. \end{aligned}$$
Notice that we have expressed this as a function of the extremal CFT energy density achieved earlier. Let us observe that, in the large N limit, we get a suggestive result: for \(\gamma \gg G_{3}\rho _{0}\),
$$\begin{aligned} T_0 = \frac{1}{2\pi } \sqrt{\gamma ^2 + 16 \pi G_3 \rho _0} \approx \frac{\gamma }{2\pi } + 4 G_3\frac{\rho _0}{\gamma }, \end{aligned}$$
which exactly coincides with the Cardy–Calabrese result.

The last term denotes the subleading contribution, which is proportional to \(\frac{\rho _0}{\gamma }\). This calculation can be viewed as a holographic check on the consistency that the entanglement in DCFT behaves as the entanglement of an ordinary CFT at finite temperature [57].

6.3 The approximated state, its time evolution and the breakdown of our \(AdS_3/DCFT_2\) description

Our approach discussed in the last section can be described as an approximation on the entangled state.

We know that the BTZ spacetime corresponds to the TFD thermal state \(\left| 0_\beta \right\rangle \) in the boundary theory [40]. Thus, the state corresponding to the gravitational system should be represented as
$$\begin{aligned} \left| 0_{a(t)} \right\rangle = G_{a(t)} \left| 0_\beta \right\rangle = G_{a(t)} G_{\beta } |0\rangle , \end{aligned}$$
where \(G_{a(t)}\) represents a (unknown) unitary transformation associated to certain specific conformal transformation in CFT, such that in the limit \(a(t)\rightarrow 1\), \(G_{a(t)}\rightarrow {\mathbb {1}}\). \(G_\beta \) is the usual thermal Bogoliubov transformation. Actually, we propose that our DCFT system, described by Eq. (19), is approximately given by the state (111),
$$\begin{aligned} \left| \Psi (t) \right\rangle \approx \left| 0_{a(t)} \right\rangle = G_{a(t)} \left| 0_\beta \right\rangle = G_{a(t)} G_{\beta } \left| 0 \right\rangle , \end{aligned}$$
as t approaches \(t_0\). This (approximated) equation allows us to interpret correctly our previous calculations, and to understand correctly the ranks of validity. Notice that the state on the right-hand side \(\left| 0_{a(t)}\right\rangle \) is the conformal ground state dual to the BTZ, in a(t)-coordinates.
As said before, \(G_{a(t)}\) represents a (unknown) unitary transformation associated to a specific conformal transformation in CFT, such that in the limit \(a(t)\rightarrow 1\), \(G_{a(t)}\rightarrow {\mathbb {1}}\); \(G_\beta \) is the usual thermal Bogoliubov transformation. Therefore,
$$\begin{aligned} \left| \Psi (t) \right\rangle = U(t - t_0) \left| \Psi (t_0)\right\rangle . \end{aligned}$$
Then, using (24), the time evolution can be expressed as generated by the entropy operator as
$$\begin{aligned} \left| \Psi (t) \right\rangle = \exp {\frac{1}{2}[S(t_0) - S(t)]}\left| \Psi (t_0)\right\rangle . \end{aligned}$$
This equation can be checked in the geometric dual through the RT formula, i.e,
$$\begin{aligned} \text{ Tr } [\rho (t) - \rho (t_0)] S(t_0) = \frac{1}{4G} [a_{min}(t) - a_{min}(t_0)], \end{aligned}$$
where \(\rho \) is the reduced density operator computed by tracing out the B’s degrees of freedom. The idea is that the left-hand side is computed explicitly for the state \(\Psi \), while the right-hand side is computed for \(\left| 0_{a(t)}\right\rangle \), whose entanglement entropy can be computed directly from the formula (97).
The remark here is that, for parameters given explicitly by Eqs. (98) and (99), both sides match perfectly. This supports that the approximation (112) is, in a sense, consistent with the time evolution of the states. However, the dual gravitational description must break down for very large time. From the point of view of the gravitational solution, if one considers a BTZ solution with very high temperature \(T \gg \sqrt{\mu _0}\), then
$$\begin{aligned} \mu _0 \gg \gamma ^2, \end{aligned}$$
and the formula for the entanglement entropy gives \(s= \displaystyle \frac{2\pi }{4G_3} \sqrt{\mu _0}\), which coincides with the thermodynamic entropy, and therefore \(s \propto T \). So, the state corresponding to this solution is nothing but the TFD thermal vacuum [40]:
$$\begin{aligned} \left| 0(\beta ) \right\rangle = Z^{-1}(\beta )\prod _{k} \exp [e^{-E_k \beta /2} A^{\dagger }_{-k}B^{\dagger }_{k}]\left| 0 \right\rangle , \end{aligned}$$
while the state of our DCFT system (19) is manifestly different, showing that for very large black hole temperature, our original approximation (112) breaks down.

Nevertheless, the form of the states (19) and (117), and the configuration of the systems are suggestively similar in many aspects. So a natural question that arises here is if there exists some way of slightly modifying the action/states of the double CFT proposed, in order to capture more of the dual gravitational description. The simplest possibility is to introduce a parameter, interpreted as a temperature from the A-subsystem, such that: (a) in the limit \(\beta \rightarrow 0\), the state agrees with 117, and (b) for low (temperature) scales \(\beta ^{-1} \rightarrow \,\sim \gamma \), one would recover the (main) dissipative/damping behavior (19). In the limit \(\gamma t \rightarrow 0\), the (sub)systems A and B decouple, and they can be seen as the standard TFD duplication in the state (117). This will be studied in a forthcoming work.

7 Conclusion

In this work, we have studied a close relation between dissipation and entanglement in the context of AdS/CFT correspondence. This kind of relation was experimentally verified in [20], where it was shown that dissipation generates continuously entanglement between two macroscopic objects. In order to study quantum dissipation in conformal field theories, we have followed the strategy of [22, 23, 24], which consists of doubling the degrees of freedom of the original system by defining an auxiliary one. In particular, using the canonical formalism presented in [22], we have defined an entropy operator, responsible of controlling the dissipative dynamics. The entropy operator, which naturally appears in the scenario studied here, turns up to be in fact the modular Hamiltonian. A geometrical and physical interpretation of the auxiliary system and entropy operator is given in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence using the RT formula. One has two asymptotically AdS regions such that the two theories live on the respective asymptotic boundaries. The dissipation at one boundary is interpreted as an exchange of energy with the other boundary, which is controlled by a kind of constant coupling. The scenario is similar to the one presented in [30], where a teleportation protocol is explored in order to make the wormholes traversable, introducing interaction between the two asymptotic boundaries.

We have showed that the vacuum state evolves in time as an entangled state and the entanglement entropy was calculated. The entropy depends on time and has two distinct behaviors: in the early times, it is the typical entanglement entropy of two interacting theories; in the later times, the entropy’s behavior suggests thermalization. In order to give a geometric interpretation, we have looked for a gravitational system that reproduces a similar equation of motion in the boundary. Since this kind of dissipative behavior was studied long time ago in the context of scalar fields coupled to Friedmann–Robertson–Walker (FRW) metric with a damping term coming from the Hubble constant [31, 32, 33, 34, 35], then the BTZ black hole in the coordinate system developed in [36] is the natural system to study here, as it has a FRW metric in the boundary. However, in two dimensions a linear approximation must be done. In addiction, owing to the linear time dependence of the entropy, we have showed that the dual geometry must be not the BTZ black hole in the coordinates defined in [36], but an adiabatic approximation for the Vaidya black hole defined in the same coordinate system.

We have used the RT formula to relate the BTZ/Vaidya geometry’s throat area to the entropy. As the time evolution of the entangled state is controlled by the entropy operator, the RT conjecture allows us to relate the time evolution of the throat with the time evolution of the vacuum state. It should be emphasized that this kind of relation involving state/area is possible because, in the canonical formalism used here, there is a well defined entanglement entropy operator. A possible close relation of this operator with a kind of area operator, defined in the context of quantum gravity, deserves further development (for some suggestions in this sense, see for instance [50]).

It was shown that the approximation is consistent with the time evolution of the states. However, the dual gravitational description must break down for very large time, when the entanglement entropy calculated here is in fact a thermodynamical entropy of BTZ solution with very high temperature \(T \gg \sqrt{\mu _0}\). In this limit, the asymptotically entangled state (19) must be the TFD thermal vacuum (see Fig. 3). This structure suggests strongly that one can adopt reciprocal point of view and take seriously the dual gravitational description to reconstruct the dissipative conformal field theory (DCFT); in other words, to find some slightly deformation of the DCFT theory in according to the dual gravitational description.
Fig. 3

The figure represents schematically the geometric dual used to (approximately) describe the system. The upper part represents the black hole state (see [40]) described by (a half of) the Euclidean BTZ solution in the Hartle–Hawking wave functional. The horizontal line corresponds to \(t_0\). Our system is approximately described by the solution on an evolving surface \(\Sigma (t\le t_0)\)

In addition to the previously discussed deformation of the DCFT, there are some applications of this work that we intend to do. Another important sequence to this work is to use the approach developed here in the context of Janus solutions of supergravity (studied in [74]), where two CFTs defined on \(1+1\) dimensional half spaces are glued together over a \(0 + 1\) dimensional interface. If we can generalize the Janus deformation in order to include the dissipative deformation studied here, it will be possible to have a holographic interpretation of the dissipative system in terms of the time dependent Janus’ black hole. Also, it will be important to compute the retarded Green’s function in order to compare with the results of reference [75]. Finally, in the spirit of reference [28], it will be very interesting to study the specific teleportation protocol that reproduces the scenario presented here, as well as to apply the technology developed here in the \(AdS_2\) case, in order to find a possible connection between the DCFT and the Sachdev–Ye–Kitaev quantum mechanical model.


  1. 1.

    This may be viewed as a sort of quantum quenching [37], where an interaction is suddenly turned on.

  2. 2.

    In a TFD description.

  3. 3.

    For further applications of TFD in string theory, see [18] and [39].

  4. 4.

    Otherwise we would have that \(\Gamma \) depends on k.

  5. 5.

    Actually, \(\left| 0 \right\rangle \) is a SU(1, 1) rotated vacuum. See [21, 22, 44, 45] for details.

  6. 6.

    These operators were first studied in TFD context in [48] and further developed in [49]. The relation with dissipative dynamics was first studied in [22].

  7. 7.

    In [51] it is argued that the entanglement entropy for a very small subsystem obeys a property which is analogous to the first law of thermodynamics; here this kind of relation naturally arises.

  8. 8.

    We are assuming implicitly that the fields are in the adjoint representation of a SU(N) group in the large N limit.

  9. 9.

    Here we are using radial coordinates such that \(g_{rr}^{-1} = g_{tt} \equiv h(r)\) for simplicity, but this is not crucial and depends on changes of the radial coordinates \(r \rightarrow r'(r)\).

  10. 10.

    The holographic interpretation of these disconnected geometries have been discussed in [30, 38].

  11. 11.

    The coordinate \(\varrho \) is defined in terms of the usual global radial coordinate \(\chi \) as \(\cosh ^2 \chi \equiv \displaystyle \frac{1}{1-\varrho ^2}\).



M. Botta Cantcheff would like to thank CONICET for financial support. The authors would like to thank Pedro Martinez for the help with the figures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Botta Cantcheff
    • 1
  • Alexandre L. Gadelha
    • 2
  • Dáfni F. Z. Marchioro
    • 3
  • Daniel Luiz Nedel
    • 3
  1. 1.IFLP-CONICET CC 67La PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Instituto de FísicaUniversidade Federal da BahiaSalvadorBrazil
  3. 3.Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana, Instituto Latino-Americano de Ciências da Vida e da NaturezaFoz do IguaçuBrazil

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