Holographic quantum criticality from multi-trace deformations

Thomas Faulkner, Gary T. Horowitz, Matthew M. Roberts

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We explore the consequences of multi-trace deformations in applications of gauge-gravity duality to condensed matter physics. We find that they introduce a powerful new \knob'' that can implement spontaneous symmetry breaking, and can be used to construct a new type of holographic superconductor. This knob can be tuned to drive the critical temperature to zero, leading to a new quantum critical point. We calculate nontrivial critical exponents, and show that uctuations of the order parameter are 'locally' quantum critical in the disordered phase. Most notably the dynamical critical exponent is determined by the dimension of an operator at the critical point. We argue that the results are robust against quantum corrections and discuss various generalizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number51
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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