Mar 2 – 20, 2015
Nordita, Stockholm
Europe/Stockholm timezone

Stability of massive gravity solutions for holographic conductivity

Mar 12, 2015, 10:05 AM
FB53 (Nordita, Stockholm)


Nordita, Stockholm


Dr Lasma ALBERTE (Ben Gurion University)


We consider non-linear massive gravity with two Stueckelberg fields in which the diffeomorphism invariance is broken spontaneously in two of the spacetime directions. This theory admits a charged anti-de Sitter black brane solution and has recently been used in holographic context as a bulk description of a boundary field theory with momentum dissipation. Here we study the stability of the black brane solution. We identify the physical degrees of freedom and determine the healthy regions of the parameter space of the theory. We find that there is a region in parameter space, where the theory suffers from ghost instability. We recognise this as the reason for the instability found in the previous works on holographic conductivity. We also rederive the previous results for the holographic conductivity in a coordinate independent way.

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