Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie

Würzburg Seminar on Quantum Field Theory and Gravity

Finite-cutoff JT gravity and self-avoiding loops
Datum: 21.11.2023, 13:15 - 14:15 Uhr
Ort: online
Veranstalter: Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Physik III
Vortragende: Zhenbin Yang (Tsinghua U.)

We study quantum JT gravity at finite cutoff using a mapping to the statistical mechanics of a self-avoiding loop in hyperbolic space, with positive pressure and fixed length. The semiclassical limit (small GN ) corresponds to large pressure, and we solve the problem in that limit in three overlapping regimes that apply for different loop sizes. For intermediate loop sizes, a semiclassical effective description is valid, but for very large or very small loops, fluctuations dominate. For large loops, this quantum regime is controlled by the Schwarzian theory. For small loops, the effective description fails altogether, but the problem is controlled using a conjecture from the theory of self-avoiding walks.