Chaos bound in Bershadsky-Polyakov theory

David, Justin R. ; Hollowood, Timothy J. ; Khetrapal, Surbhi ; Kumar, S. Prem (2019) Chaos bound in Bershadsky-Polyakov theory Journal of High Energy Physics, 2019 (10). ISSN 1029-8479

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We consider two dimensional conformal field theory (CFT) with large central charge c in an excited state obtained by the insertion of an operator Φ with large dimension ΔΦ ∼ O(c) at spatial infinities in the thermal state. We argue that correlation functions of light operators in such a state can be viewed as thermal correlators with a rescaled effective temperature. The effective temperature controls the growth of out-of-time order (OTO) correlators and results in a violation of the universal upper bound on the associated Lyapunov exponent when ΔΦ <0 and the CFT is nonunitary. We present a specific realization of this situation in the holographic Chern-Simons formulation of a CFT with W(2)3 symmetry also known as the Bershadsky-Polyakov algebra. We examine the precise correspondence between the semiclassical (large-c) representations of this algebra and the Chern-Simons formulation, and infer that the holographic CFT possesses a discretuum of degenerate ground states with negative conformal dimension ΔΦ=−c8. Using the Wilson line prescription to compute entanglement entropy and OTO correlators in the holographic CFT undergoing a local quench, we find the Lyapunov exponent λL=4πβ, violating the universal chaos bound.

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Keywords:ADS-CFT Correspondence; Conformal and W Symmetry; Conformal Field Theory; Higher Spin Gravity.
ID Code:116989
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