13.05.2010 (Thursday)

Higher Derivative Gravity and AdS/CFT

Regular Seminar Manuela Kulaxizi (Amsterdam)

14:00 QMW
room 208

We will discuss a special class of higher derivative gravity theories called Lovelock gravities, in the context of holography. For a generic Lovelock gravity in arbitrary dimensions, we will formulate the existence condition for asymptotically AdS black holes. Then, causality of the dual finite temperature CFT will be shown to impose constraints on the Lovelock parameters. Calculation of the holographic Weyl anomaly in 6+1 dimensions reveals that these constraints are completely equivalent to the ones determined by requiring positivity of the energy flux. Implications of these results on the viscosity to entropy bound will also be discussed. This talk is based on hep-th/0910.5347, 0912.1877, 0912.4244.