Absence of power-law mid-infrared conductivity in gravitational crystals

Brandon W. Langley, Garrett Vanacore, Philip W. Phillips

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Abstract: We compute conductivities of strongly-interacting and non-uniform charge densities dual to inhomogeneous anti-de Sitter-black hole spacetimes. Backreacting bulk scalars with periodic boundary profiles, we construct generalizations of ReissnerNordström-AdS that interpolate between those used in two previous studies — one that reports power-law scaling for the boundary optical conductivity and one that does not. We find no evidence for power-law scaling of the conductivity, thereby corroborating the previous negative result that gravitational crystals are insufficient to generate the power-law mid-infrared conductivity observed in cuprate superconductors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number163
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • Gauge-gravity correspondence
  • Holography and condensed matter physics (AdS/CMT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'Absence of power-law mid-infrared conductivity in gravitational crystals'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this