We explore higher-derivative terms in the low-energy effective action for the dilaton, the Goldstone boson of spontaneously broken scale invariance. Focusing on the simplest holographic realization of spontaneously broken scale invariance, the Randall-Sundrum (RS) scenario, we identify the nonlinear action for the RS dilaton by integrating out Kaluza-Klein graviton modes. The coefficient of a particular fourth-derivative dilaton self-interaction can be identified with the Weyl a-anomaly of the dual conformal field theory, which we use to verify anomaly matching arguments. We also find novel, a-dependent couplings of the dilaton to light matter fields. These anomalous interactions can have a significant effect on the collider phenomenology and the cosmology, potentially allowing us to probe the structure of the underlying conformal sector via low-energy physics. The dilaton effective theory also serves as an interesting scalar analog of gravity, and we study solutions to the equation of motion that parallel black holes and cosmologies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review D|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2022|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics