Electromagnetic signature in holographic plasma with B field

Yanyan Bu

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We explore the effect of a magnetic field on the electromagnetic signature in QCD-like plasma by taking the AdS/CFT approach. Concretely, we choose two QCD gravity dual models to do comparative studies: the D4/D6 and D3/D7 models. The magnetic field is simulated by a spatial component of the flavor U(1) gauge field in the bulk side. For both models, we plot the spectral function and photoemission rate for lightlike momenta as well as the ac conductivity. Due to the presence of the magnetic field, the rotational symmetry is partially broken. Therefore, we plot the spectral function and photoemission rate with spatial momentum parallel or perpendicular to the magnetic field, respectively. We find that the magnetic field induces an anisotropic feature in the electromagnetic signature. To be specific, when the emitted photons from the plasma are moving along the magnetic field, the electromagnetic signature is weakened as the magnetic field is increasing; on the contrary, when the produced photons move perpendicular to the magnetic field, the magnetic field has the effect of amplifying the electromagnetic signature. This should have a relationship with the anisotropic feature of the photon signal observed in heavy-ion collision experiments. This anisotropic characteristic can also be observed in the ac conductivity of the holographic plasma. In the infrared regime of the frequency, the magnetic field suppresses the ac conductivity (along the direction perpendicular to the magnetic field) and likely gives a pseudogap structure. However, the ac conductivity along the magnetic field is enhanced due to the presence of the magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number026005
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 24 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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