Exotic holographic RG flows at finite temperature

Umut Gürsoy, Elias Kiritsis, Francesco Nitti, Leandro Silva Pimenta*

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Black hole solutions and their thermodynamics are studied in Einstein-scalar theories. The associated zero-temperature solutions are non-trivial holographic RG flows. These include solutions which skip intermediate extrema of the bulk scalar potential or feature an inversion of the direction of the flow of the coupling (bounces). At finite temperature, a complex set of branches of black hole solutions is found. In some cases, first order phase transitions are found between the black-hole branches. In other cases, black hole solutions are found to exist even for boundary conditions which did not allow a zero-temperature vacuum flow. Finite-temperature solutions driven solely by the vacuum expectation value of a perturbing operator (zero source) are found and studied. Such solutions exist generically (i.e. with no special tuning of the potential) in theories in which the vacuum flows feature bounces. It is found that they exhibit conformal thermodynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number173
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • Black Holes
  • Gauge-gravity correspondence


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