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Cauchy slice holography: a new AdS/CFT dictionary

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Araujo-Regado, G 
Khan, R 


jats:titleAjats:scbstract</jats:sc> </jats:title>jats:pWe investigate a new approach to holography in asymptotically AdS spacetimes, in which time rather than space is the emergent dimension. By making a sufficiently large jats:italicT</jats:italic>jats:sup2</jats:sup>-deformation of a Euclidean CFT, we define a holographic theory that lives on Cauchy slices of the Lorentzian bulk. (More generally, for an arbitrary Hamiltonian constraint equation that closes, we show how to obtain it by an irrelevant deformation from a CFT with suitable anomalies.) The partition function of this theory defines a natural map between the bulk canonical quantum gravity theory Hilbert space, and the Hilbert space of the usual (undeformed) boundary CFT. We argue for the equivalence of the ADM and CFT Hamiltonians. We also explain how bulk unitarity emerges naturally, even though the boundary theory is not reflection-positive. This allows us to reformulate the holographic principle in the language of Wheeler-DeWitt canonical quantum gravity.</jats:p>jats:pAlong the way, we outline a procedure for obtaining a bulk Hilbert space from the gravitational path integral with Dirichlet boundary conditions. Following previous conjectures, we postulate that this finite-cutoff gravitational path integral agrees with the jats:italicT</jats:italic>jats:sup2</jats:sup>-deformed theory living on an arbitrary boundary manifold — at least near the semiclassical regime. However, the jats:italicT</jats:italic>jats:sup2</jats:sup>-deformed theory may be easier to UV complete, in which case it would be natural to take it as the definition of nonperturbative quantum gravity.</jats:p>



AdS-CFT Correspondence, Models of Quantum Gravity

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Journal of High Energy Physics

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