Connecting holographic Wess-Zumino consistency condition to the holographic anomaly

  • Vasudev ShyamEmail author
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The Holographic Wess-Zumino (HWZ) consistency condition is shown through a step by step mapping of renormalization group flows to Hamiltonian systems, to lead to the Holographic anomaly. This condition codifies how the energy scale, when treated as the emergent bulk direction in Holographic theories, is put on equal footing as the other directions of the space the field theory inhabits. So, this is a defining feature of theories possessing local Holographic bulk duals. In four dimensional Holographic conformal field theories, the a and c anomaly coefficients are equated, and this is seen as a defining property of theories which possess General Relativity coupled to matter as a dual. Hence, showing how the former consistency condition leads to the latter relation between anomaly coefficients adds evidence to the claim that the HWZ condition is a defining feature of theories possessing local gravity duals.


AdS-CFT Correspondence Renormalization Group Classical Theories of Gravity Space-Time Symmetries 


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  1. 1.Perimeter Institute for Theoretical PhysicsWaterlooCanada

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