Asymptotic entanglement and celestial holography

PIRSA ID: 23060099
Event Type: Seminar
Scientific Area(s):
Quantum Fields and Strings
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  • Hong Zhe (Vincent) Chen

While entanglement has been examined extensively in AdS/CFT, it has avoided significant attention in the study of celestial holography and asymptotic symmetries relevant to asymptotically flat spacetime. I will present work that considers the entanglement of a Milne patch for Maxwell theory in Minkowski spacetime from the perspective of celestial holography. In the Minkowski vacuum, we find that the Milne patch is thermally entangled. We interpret the thermal entangling operator that builds the Minkowski vacuum from the Milne vacuum as an interaction term in the celestial CFT. We further examine the edge modes of the Milne patch, assigning them a physical interpretation as fluctuations in Milne asymptotic charge. Interestingly, we find that the constraint governing these edge modes includes sources that avoid the Minkowski interior. Altogether, by studying entanglement along the extra holographic direction present in celestial holography but absent in AdS/CFT, our work bridges a critical gap between our understanding of entanglement in the latter and the physically relevant setting of asymptotically flat spacetime.

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