Extracting black hole physics from the lattice

Simon Catterall, Toby Wiseman

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We perform lattice simulations of N D0-branes at finite temperature in the decoupling limit, namely 16 supercharge SU(N) Yang-Mills quantum mechanics in the 't Hooft limit. At low temperature this theory is conjectured to be dual to certain supergravity black holes. We emphasize that the existence of a non-compact moduli space renders the partition function of the quantum mechanics theory divergent, and we perform one loop calculations that demonstrate this explicitly. In consequence we use a scalar mass term to regulate this divergence and argue that the dual black hole thermodynamics may be recovered in the appropriate large N limit as the regulator is removed. We report on simulations for N up to 5 including the Pfaffian phase, and N up to 12 in the phase quenched approximation. Interestingly, in the former case, where we may calculate this potentially difficult phase, we find that it appears to play little role dynamically over the temperature range tested, which is certainly encouraging for future simulations of this theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number77
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010


  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • Black Holes
  • Black Holes in String Theory
  • Lattice Gauge Field Theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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