Can we avoid boundary causality violation in a gravitational path integral? (Apr. 13, 2021)

  • Published: 2021-04-12

Time: 10:00am (UTC/GMT+8:00, Beijing/Shanghai), Apr. 13 (Tue.), 2021

Venue: Rm. N413, UCAS Zhongguancun Teaching Building, No. 3 Zhongguancun Nanyitiao Rd.


Host: Jia Tian


Speaker: Diandian Wang (UCSB)

A well-behaved field theory living on a fixed background has a causality structure defined by the background metric. In holography, however, signals can travel through the bulk, and some bulk metrics would allow a signal to travel faster than the speed of light as seen on the boundary. These are called boundary causality violating metrics. Holographers usually work with a classical bulk metric, in which case they declare that boundary causality violating metrics are forbidden. However, in a full quantum gravity path integrals, these metrics do contribute. The question is then: how to avoid causality violation in this context? In this talk I will give a prescription that achieves this.