Publications by Andrei Starinets

Viscosity, black holes, and quantum field theory

Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science 57 (2007) 95-118

DT Son, AO Starinets

We review recent progress in applying the AdS/CFT correspondence to finite-temperature field theory. In particular, we show how the hydrodynamic behavior of field theory is reflected in the low-momentum limit of correlation functions computed through a real-time AdS/CFT prescription, which we formulate. We also show how the hydrodynamic modes in field theory correspond to the low-lying quasi-normal modes of the AdS black p-brane metric. We provide proof of the universality of the viscosity/entropy ratio within a class of theories with gravity duals and formulate a viscosity bound conjecture. Possible implications for real systems are mentioned. Copyright © 2007 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.

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