Coherence effects in disordered geometries with a field-theory dual

  • Tomás Andrade
  • Antonio M. García-García
  • Bruno Loureiro
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We investigate the holographic dual of a probe scalar in an asymptotically Anti-de-Sitter (AdS) disordered background which is an exact solution of Einstein’s equations in three bulk dimensions. Unlike other approaches to model disorder in holography, we are able to explore quantum wave-like interference effects between an oscillating or random source and the geometry. In the weak-disorder limit, we compute analytically and numerically the one-point correlation function of the dual field theory for different choices of sources and backgrounds. The most interesting feature is the suppression of the one-point function in the presence of an oscillating source and weak random background. We have also computed analytically and numerically the two-point function in the weak disorder limit. We have found that, in general, the perturbative contribution induces an additional power-law decay whose exponent depends on the distribution of disorder. For certain choices of the gravity background, this contribution becomes dominant for large separations which indicates breaking of perturbation theory and the possible existence of a phase transition induced by disorder.


AdS-CFT Correspondence Duality in Gauge Field Theories Holography and condensed matter physics (AdS/CMT) Random Systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of OxfordOxfordU.K.
  2. 2.Departament de Física Quàntica i Astrofísica, Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (ICCUB)Universitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Shanghai Center for Complex Physics, Department of Physics and AstronomyShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  4. 4.TCM Group, Cavendish LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeU.K.

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