Black hole thermodynamics from simulations of lattice Yang-Mills theory

Simon Catterall, Toby Wiseman

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We report on lattice simulations of 16 supercharge SU(N) Yang-Mills quantum mechanics in the 't Hooft limit. Maldacena duality conjectures that in this limit the theory is dual to IIA string theory, and, in particular, that the behavior of the thermal theory at low temperature is equivalent to that of certain black holes in IIA supergravity. Our simulations probe the low temperature regime for N≤5 and the intermediate and high temperature regimes for N≤12. We observe 't Hooft scaling, and at low temperatures our results are consistent with the dual black hole prediction. The intermediate temperature range is dual to the Horowitz-Polchinski correspondence region, and our results are consistent with continuous behavior there. We include the Pfaffian phase arising from the fermions in our calculations where appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041502
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 13 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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