Exact renormalization group and higher-spin holography

Robert G. Leigh, Onkar Parrikar, Alexander B. Weiss

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In this paper, we revisit scalar field theories in d space-time dimensions possessing U(N) global symmetry. Following our recent work [1], we consider the generating function of correlation functions of all U(N)-invariant, single-trace operators at the free-fixed point. The exact renormalization group equations are cast as Hamilton equations of radial evolution in a model space-time of one higher dimension, in this case AdSd+1. The geometry associated with the renormalization group equations is seen to emerge naturally out of the infinite jet bundle corresponding to the field theory and suggests their interpretation as higher-spin equations of motion. While the higher-spin equations we obtain are remarkably simple, they are nonlocal in an essential way. Nevertheless, solving these bulk equations of motion in terms of a boundary source, we derive the on-shell action and demonstrate that it correctly encodes all of the correlation functions of the field theory, written as "Witten diagrams." Since the model space-time has the isometries of the fixed point, it is possible to construct new higher-spin theories defined in terms of geometric structures over other model space-times. We illustrate this by explicitly constructing the higher-spin renormalization group equations corresponding to the z=2 nonrelativistic free field theory in D spatial dimensions. In this case, the model space-time is the Schrödinger space-time, SchrD+3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number026002
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 6 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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