Large-N limits of 2d CFTs, quivers and AdS3 duals

  • Elias Kiritsis
  • Vasilis Niarchos
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We explore the large-N limits of 2d CFTs, focusing mostly on WZW models and their cosets. The SU(N) k theory is parametrized in this limit by a ’t Hooft-like coupling. We show a duality between strong coupling, where the theory is described by almost free fermions, and weak coupling where the theory is described by bosonic fields by an analysis of spectra and correlators. The AdS3 dual is described, and several quantitative checks are performed. Besides the more standard states that should correspond to bulk black holes we find ground states with large degeneracy that can dominate the standard Cardy entropy at weak coupling and are expected to correspond to regular horizonless semiclassical bulk solutions.


Gauge-gravity correspondence AdS-CFT Correspondence Chern-Simons Theories Conformal and W Symmetry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Crete Center for Theoretical Physics, Department of PhysicsUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece
  2. 2.Laboratoire APC, Université Paris-Diderot Paris 7, CNRS UMR 7164Paris Cedex 13France

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