Towards a field-theory interpretation of bottom-up holography

V. P. J. Jacobs*, S. Grubinskas, H. T. C. Stoof

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We investigate recent results for the electrical conductivity and the fermionic self-energy, obtained in a holographic bottom-up model for a relativistic charge-neutral conformal field theory. We present two possible field-theoretic derivations of these results, using either a semiholographic or a holographic point of view. In the semiholographic interpretation, we also show how, in general, the conductivity should be calculated in agreement with Ward identities. The resulting field-theory interpretation may lead to a better understanding of the holographic dictionary in applied AdS/CMT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2015


  • Effective field theories
  • Holography and condensed matter physics (AdS/CMT)


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