High Energy Theory: Relative Entropy of Excited States in Conformal Field Theories

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:14
Gabor Sarosi (VUB)

We study the relative entropy between the reduced density matrices obtained from globally excited states in conformal field theories of arbitrary dimensions. We find a general formula in the small subsystem size limit.  When one of the states is the vacuum of the CFT, our result matches with the holographic entanglement entropy computations in the corresponding bulk geometries, including AdS black branes. We also discuss the first asymmetric part of the relative entropy and comment on some implications of the results on the distinguishability of black hole microstates in AdS/CFT.

David RittenhouseLaboratory, 2N36