Photoproduction and conductivity in dense holographic QCD

Yan Yan Bu

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We explore the photoemission rate and conductivity in dense QCD by taking the AdS/CFT methods. Specifically, we take three QCD gravity dual models to do comparative studies: D4/D6 model, noncritical Sakai-Sugimoto model and soft-wall AdS/QCD model. We turn on the time component of flavor U(1) gauge field in the bulk side to model the baryon density in QCD. For all three models, we numerically solve the U(1) fluctuation equation to plot the spectral function and photoemission rate for lightlike momenta as well as the AC conductivity. We find that the results for the former two models are very similar to previous studies while the last one show some differences. The conductivity in the soft-wall model seems to be similar to that of holographic superconductor constructed from five-dimensional bulk gravity, i.e. the pseudogap structure. This should be owing to that the infrared (IR) soft-wall (an effective cutoff near the IR of the geometry) produces a mass gap in the dual field theory, which has imprinting in the conductivity as a pseudogap formation. However, the DC conductivity in our computations is finite while it should be a delta peak in holographic superconductor models. Our results show the importance of dilaton running in affecting physical quantities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number026003
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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