Entanglement from Dissipation and Holographic Interpretation

Entanglement from Dissipation and Holographic Interpretation

M. Botta Cantcheff bottac@cern.ch, botta@fisica.unlp.edu.ar IFLP-CONICET CC 67, 1900, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina    Alexandre L. Gadelha agadelha@ufba.br Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Campus Universitário de Ondina, CEP: 40210-340, Salvador, BA, Brasil    Dáfni F. Z. Marchioro dafni.marchioro@unila.edu.br , dafnifernanda@gmail.com    Daniel Luiz Nedel daniel.nedel@unila.edu.br Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana, Instituto Latino-Americano de Ciências da Vida e da Natureza, Av. Tancredo Neves 6731 bloco 06, CEP: 85867-970, Foz do Iguaçu, PR, Brasil

In this work we study a dissipative field theory where the dissipation process is manifestly related to dynamical entanglement and put it in the holographic context. Such endeavour is realized by further development of a canonical approach to study quantum dissipation, which consists of doubling the degrees of freedom of the original system by defining an auxiliary one. A time dependent entanglement entropy for the vacumm state is calculated and a geometrical interpretation of the auxiliary system and the entropy is given in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence using the Ryu-Takayanagi formula. We show that the dissipative dynamics is controlled by the entanglement entropy and there are two distinct stages: in the early times the holographic interpretation requires some deviation from classical General Relativity; in the later times the quantum system is described as a wormhole, a solution of the Einstein’s equations near to a maximally extended black hole with two asymptotically AdS boundaries. We focus our holographic analysis in this regime, and suggest a mechanism similar to teleportation protocol to exchange (quantum) information between the two CFTs on the boundaries (see maldanovo ()).

I Introduction

The AdS/CFT correspondence is the most successful application of the holographic principle, and it plays a very important role in the study of the non perturbative sector of a class of Yang-Mills theories. It allows to calculate non-perturbative vacuum expectation values of Yang-Mills operators via tree level calculation in the perturbative sector of type IIB string theory on Anti-de Sitter background. In fact, the conjecture enables calculations of Yang-Mills expectation values in terms of classical propagators on asymptotically AdS geometries. On the other hand, since the AdS/CFT correspondence is a duality, it would be possible to read the holographic dictionary in another way and use the Yang-Mills computations to infer classical properties of the bulk geometry. A more challenging application is to use the holographic dictionary to analyze quantum aspects of gravity. However, our understanding on the basic principle of the holography, even in the context of string theory, is still limited. It is well-known that, to address fundamental issues in quantum gravity such as black hole singularity or quantum cosmology, it is necessary to develop a more general framework for the holography, which allows us to go beyond the Anti-de Sitter spacetime and explore non-trivial generalizations of the AdS/CFT correspondence.

A key property of holography is that it allows to relate geometric quantities with microscopic information of the quantum field theory. The most famous example is the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy, which relates the area of a black hole’s event horizon to its entropy: the entropy is directly computable from the quantum state of the system. In an outstanding application of the AdS/CFT dictionary, Ryu and Takayanagi (RT) proposed in RT () that the area of a minimal surface in a holographic geometry should be related to the entanglement between the degrees of freedom contained within this region and those of its complement. In particular, they proposed the formula


where S is the entropy of a spatial region and is the area of the minimal surface in the bulk whose boundary is given by . Their proposal has been checked in many ways and this relation is proved in Casini () for a spherical symmetry case and for a more general case in Lewkowycz (). Quantum corrections to this area law formula are considered in barela (); faulk () and the time evolution of the entropy was studied in covariantEntropy (); covariant (). Also, a holographic entanglement entropy in a higher derivative gravity theory has been obtained in several works, in particular in Fusaev (), Hung (); parna (); dong (); camps (); miao ().

The main goal of the present work is to explore the RT formula in the context of dissipative quantum field theories. Dissipative quantum field theories have been studied in the last years for several reasons, and one of these reasons is the experimental results that came out of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The experimental results suggest that the quark gluon plasma is “strongly coupled” with a very small value of , where is the shear viscosity and the thermodynamical entropy density. This result motivates the development of finite temperature holographic techniques to calculate transport coefficients, and a universal result for the shear viscosity, , was derived in viscosity (). On the other hand, using the Bañados-Teitelboim-Zanelli (BTZ) black hole btz () as its holographic dual, the Brownian motion of a heavy quark in a finite temperature Conformal Field Theory (CFT) was studied in barnege () in the context of Langevin equation. The holographic Schwinger - Keldysh method was developed for this case in boer () and the Thermo Field Dynamics (TFD) in nos (). One of the interesting results is that there is a drag force on the fluctuating external quark even at zero temperature, owing to radiation. This was studied in detail in barnege2 (), where the same result for the zero temperature term is obtained for pure AdS in all dimensions. This suggests that, even at zero temperature, important dissipative effects can be read from holographic techniques.

A close relation between dissipation and entanglement was pointed out in EntanglementDissipation (), where it was reported an experiment where dissipation generates continuously entanglement between two macroscopic objects. Concerning the quantum treatment of dissipative systems, the quantum theory of damped linear harmonic oscillators can lead to a vacuum state that is in fact an entangled state fechbacr (). By putting forward the Feshbach-Ticochinski approach in vitiello (), it was realized a relationship between the canonical quantization of the damped harmonic oscillator and the TFD formalism, where the damped harmonic oscillator was interpreted as the thermal vacuum and the TFD entropy operator appears naturally as the entanglement entropy operator, in a suitable extension to quantum fields. Following these ideas, we are going to use in this work the RT formula to give a holographic interpretation of the relationship between entanglement and dissipation, concerning conformal field theories at zero and finite temperature.

In order to handle dissipation using a canonical approach, one needs settings which are wider than those of usual applications of quantum field theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence. In particular, if one introduces dissipation from the outset in the usual settings, two immediate problems come to light. The first one is the Lorentz covariance breaking: dissipation is a typical process that breaks the invariance under boost transformations. Just because there is a deep relation between dissipation and the “arrow of time”, a dissipative process defines a natural preferred frame. Although it is possible to write a covariant action, the expectation values break the Lorentz covariance parentani (); adamek (); Kiritsis (). Also, as thermal effects are taken into account, the thermal bath’s frame works as the preferred frame. The second problem is the loss of unitarity. However, this problem can be circumvented and it is possible to preserve the unitarity and make usual quantum mechanics in a finite volume limit. In order to do such endeavour, we shall work therefore with Hamiltonian theories in which dissipative effects are caused by interactions with additional degrees of freedom vitiello (); parentani (); adamek (). In this case, the AdS/CFT correspondence allows an elegant interpretation of the auxiliary degrees of freedom. The explanation follows the same spirit of Israel’s work in black holes using TFD Israel (). In TFD, in order to take care of thermal expectation values, the original system is duplicated and the thermal vacuum is defined via a Bogoliubov transformation, which actually entangles the system and its copy. In maximally extended black hole solutions, the auxiliary degrees of freedom are interpreted as fields living behind the horizon; for AdS black holes, this defines two asymptotic conformal theories. In references TraversableWormholes (); maldanovo (), a mechanism to send a signal between the boundaries is presented. From a teleportation protocol, an effective potential reproduces an “attractive force” that brings the boundaries closer . The potencial is set up with the product of two hermitian operators, one on each side. In our work, we obtain a similar potential that couples the two boundaries.

We consider a particular coupling between two systems that will drive dissipation in one of the boundaries. Note that what defines the system and the auxiliary system is just the geometric region where the measures are taken. We show that, for one class of asymptotic observers, the vacuum state is an entangled state and we calculate the entanglement entropy in a “canonical way”. Actually, we show that the entanglement entropy can be calculated via expectation value of an operator, defined as the entanglement entropy operator, which is in fact a representation for the modular Hamiltonian haag (), playing a dynamical role in this system. In fact, it will be seen that the time evolution of the vacuum entangled state is generated by the time derivative of that operator. So, after establishing a geometric description for the dissipative conformal field theory (DCFT), we can use the RT formula to infer that the time evolution of the minimal surface is controlled by the time dependence of the entangled state.

We observe at least two distinct holographic stages: for the first one, at very early times, some type of deviation from classical Einstein’s gravity should be considered in order to describe changes of the spacetime topology collapse (); in the second one, for later times, we can study the leading large-N effects by considering a classical solution of the Einstein’s equations as the holographic dual. The final sections of the present paper will be devoted to study the second holographic stage.

In order to find out the geometric picture of the dissipative scenario presented here, we look for an asymptotically AdS gravitational system that reproduces the same dissipative dynamics on the boundary. It is known for a long time that scalar field coupled to Friedmann-Robertson-Walker (FRW) metric has a kind of dissipative behavior dissFRW (); grazi1 (); grazi2 (); buryak (); habib (). In particular, the equation of motion has the same damping term of the DCFT studied here. In Tetradis () it was shown that, using a particular coordinate transformation, it is possible to have FRW metric on the boundary from a BTZ black hole on the bulk. So, this appears to be the geometric system that we are looking for. However, it will be shown that the time dependent entanglement entropy derived here demands that the original metric is not BTZ, but a sort of Vaidya solution in the adiabatic approximation; that is, a BTZ black hole with a slowly time dependent mass. Keeping this scenario in mind, the RT formula allows to find a natural relationship between dissipation, entanglement, thermodynamics and black hole physics. However, as it will be disscussed in section 7, for the holographic picture based on the FRW bonudary is just an approximation of the DCFT. In the asymptotic limit, the entangled state derived here can be seen as an approximation of the TFD vacuum.

This work is organized as follows: in section 2 we present the dissipative model; in sections 3 and 4 the time dependent entropy is canonically computed; in section 5 we show how we deal with the time dependence of the entropy in holographic computations; in section 6 the holographic model is constructed; and section 7 is devoted to the conclusions.

Ii The Dissipative Model

In this section we are going to develop the main idea of this work. We start with a system A, whose degrees of freedom are described by a free conformal field living on a compact space . The usual canonical approach to study dissipative systems consists of putting the system inside another system (bath, medium, or environment), whose degrees of freedom are unknown. The system interacts with the system such that, from the -field perspective, there is a dissipative process which can be described by the equation


where is the damping coefficient that will describe the coupling between the original fields and the medium (the system). Here we study the problem from a different perspective. We think of A and as two physical systems living in different geometric regions, corresponding to two asymptotic conformal theories. In a certain moment an interaction is suddenly switched on, allowing energy exchange between the two theories111This may be viewed as a sort of quantum quenching myers (), where an interaction is suddenly turned on.. The equation (2) is just the resulting dynamics as seen by the A system.

If we represent the system by fields, we can write the following Lagrangian that reproduces the equation (2)


Integrating (3) by parts and neglecting the boundary terms, we can write it in the symmetric form


The variation of (4) with respect to gives (2), while minimizing it with respect to leads to the equation of motion for the field


Equation (5) shows that describes an identical copy of the physical field with the time direction reversed. The interaction between and describes the dissipative behavior precisely vitiello (); parentani (); adamek ().

We want to draw attention for the similarity of this construction with the rules of TFD: the field can be considered the TFD’s double of the system, and it can be interpreted as a derivation of the TFD picture. In this context, the field evolves in the inverse time direction. In the usual interpretation, if the coupling is switched off (), we recover two non-interacting (free) CFT’s whose states describe spacetimes with two locally asymptotically AdS regions collapse (). In particular, the ground state represents two disconnected copies of the exact AdS spacetime VR (), and the thermal vacuum222In a TFD description. is the Kruskal extension of an eternal AdS black hole333For further applications of TFD in string theory, see nos () and IonRev (). eternal (). Furthermore, the AdS/CFT dictionary implies that, in this example, the gravity dual theory is very stringy, and therefore quantum gravity interprets it as quantizing strings on AdS such that these metrics shall be recovered in the proper large N-limit. In the following sections, the behavior of the entropy will refer us to two different scenarios. We will focus on the large limit, where it will be possible to make an approximation compatible with the large N limit, and the holographic picture can be understood in terms of Vaidya black holes, written in a particular coordinate system. Also note that the Lagrangian (4) is different from the ones studied in TakacoupledCFTs (); mozafar () just because we are interested in the dissipative process and its relation with the entanglement entropy. As the dissipative process imposes a privileged direction of time, Lorentz invariance is broken parentani (); adamek (); Kiritsis (). However, the entanglement entropy for models with broken Lorentz symmetry has the same behavior as the relativistic ones Solodukhin ().

The canonical conjugate momenta of the fields are


and the Hamiltonian can be written as


The ansatz for the solution of the equations of motion is


where is the plane wave solution with frequency . Note that the system has real frequencies since an IR cut off is defined by .

The general solution can be expanded in terms of quasi-normal frequencies (frequencies with imaginary part), namely


Replacing this into the equation of motion and demanding that is real444Otherwise we would have that depends on ., we have that and . In summary, the general solution is plane waves damped by a decaying factor . In contrast, the solution for the field has a growing factor ; however, by taking the physical time parameter , it has the correct damping behavior.

It is easier to quantize the theory by making the redefinition


In terms of the new fields the Lagrangian is


and the canonical momenta are


Now the Hamiltonian can be represented as




In momentum space, the Hamiltonian is



As the total system is canonical, the fields satisfy the usual canonical commutation relations and they can be replaced by expressions in terms of the creation/annihilation operators. As usual, the free fields can be written as


where and . The momentum space Hamiltonian becomes


It is easy to see that the Hamiltonian in (17) can be presented as



As , the vacuum state time evolution is given by 555Actually, is a rotated vacuum. See vitiello (); vitiello2 (); fechbacr (); solomon () for details.


Note that the dissipative interaction of the two CFTs produces an entangled state. In the next section we are going to show how the entanglement entropy appears naturally in this scenario. Also note that this state becomes stable for malda-hartman (),


where is a boundary state in the field theory. In particular this is the solution for the equation


In terms of the original fields, this translates into , as we should expect in a dissipative theory if we do not take into account thermal effects; this final state is the maximum entanglement state for each mode. In fact, the classical behavior of the fields for later times translates into a (quantum) boundary condition that reads


for , while the state is actually defined by the exact condition


However, thermal effects are always present in dissipative theories livro (). The Brownian motion does not allow a condition like (22) and (20). This implies that, at least in later times, the must not be independent of modes and the asymptotic limit for the vacuum state cannot be (20).

Iii Entanglement Entropy and Dissipative Dynamics

In order to analyze the result of equation (19) in a more general context, let us consider for a moment a possible dependence of the dissipative coefficient on the particles’ momenta, namely . Following reference vitiello (), the entanglement entropy can arise in the scenario introduced above observing that the vacuum at a finite time , in a finite volume, can also be obtained as


where we have introduced the following operators


Many interesting properties are related to these operators.666These operators were first studied in TFD context in chuume () and further developed in gadened1 (). The relation with dissipative dynamics was first studied in vitiello (). First of all, considering the result of their expectation value in the time evolved vacuum,


we can write it as




and the same can be done for . Notice also that the vacuum at a finite can be written in terms of


The expressions above allow us to make an important connection with the density operator. Considering


then the reduced density operator is


that is, the entropy operator coincides with the entanglement Hamiltonian defined in the literature haag (). In fact, by tracing out the -degrees of freedom, we obtain the time-dependent reduced matrix density area-qg ()


showing that the entropy operator is nothing but the so-called modular Hamiltonian for this state haag (). Then, the expectation value of any -operator in can be written as


Using equation (25), we can verify that the time evolution of the vacuum state is generated by the time derivative of the entropy operator or entropy production, namely


which has an interesting holographic interpretation, as it will be discussed in the next section. Remarkably, let us observe that this equation resembles thermodynamics, even though its derivation has nothing to do with the thermodynamic laws. It is interesting how, by virtue of this equation, the basic notion of equilibrium is equivalent to the maximum entropy condition


which is fulfilled if the operator achieves its maximum value for some time . This might be recognized precisely as the second law of thermodynamics in a quantum-mechanical sense. For instance, in the example given previously, we can observe explicitly that


This can be easily seen from equation (25) where for . We shall return to this point in section V.777In termorelation () it is argued that the entanglement entropy for a very small subsystem obeys a property which is analogous to the first law of thermodynamics; here this kind of relation naturally arises.

iii.1 DCFT renormalized entanglement entropy

Let us return now to our original example, where . In this case, the expressions above simplify considerably and we can compute explicitly the entanglement entropy as a function of time. In fact,




Defining the functions


then the entanglement entropy operator reads simply as


The equation (43) is very useful since, in principle, we can follow the change in the area of an extremal surface in a dual holographic geometry. Actually, this is an operator whose expectation value in the time dependent state defined in (19) provides the area of an extremal surface. For instance, taking the expectation value in the time dependent ground state, we have

Note that when the volume of the space is finite, there is an UV finite term in entropy densities. Differently from the UV behavior of the usual entanglement entropy (which scales with the area), one expects the leading UV behavior of this entanglement entropy to scale with the volume Marika (). In order to obtain a finite result, we introduce an UV regulator. Using periodic boundary conditions in , the result is


where L is the circumference of the space and is the UV regulator. Following the usual procedure, we can pick up the UV finite term by differentiating the entropy density in the limit :


and the renormalized entropy is






Notice the similarity with the results found in TakacoupledCFTs (); mozafar ().

Now, let us consider the asymptotic limit :


In the asymptotic limit, the entropy grows linearly with time according to the Cardy/Calabrese results. Actually, the asymptotic entropy resembles the finite temperature results of malda-hartman (), if is interpreted in terms of the temperature. This suggests that asymptotically the system thermalizes, which is no surprise when dealing with a dissipative system. Before carrying out the holographic interpretation of this result, let us understand how to deal with the time dependence of entropy in holographic computations. This is the main goal of the next section.

Iv The Time Dependent Holographic Computations

The renormalized entropy found in (47) would be times the area of the minimal surface in the dual holographic space whose boundary is anchored by . However, one does not know a priori how much of the variation of this entropy is due to the dual metric change or to the extremal surface, or both. So, let us discuss this point in detail.

Figure 1: The state is dual to two disconnected copies of AdS.

According to the AdS/CFT dictionary, the state is dual to a background spacetime metric, namely 888We are assuming implicitly that the fields are in the adjoint representation of a SU(N) group in the large N limit.. In particular, corresponds to the globally AdS spacetime; actually, is dual to two disconnected copies of AdS as in figure 1 (see VR (); collapse () for interpretations of such geometries). On the other hand, the entanglement entropy is given by the RT formula,


where denotes the induced metric on the minimal (co-dimension two) surface . The surface represented by the integral on the right hand side of (51) must be properly regularized with a cut-off such that has a finite area (see details on this calculation in the context of Wilson loops in wloops (); albash (); pontelo ()).

The limit case


reflects the fact that the minimal surface , embedded in the exact AdS spacetime (whose conformal boundary is ) and anchored by , has vanishing area as . Then, using (51), the metric induced on is


In other words, a holographic dual of our model consists of a metric equipped with a minimal surface that satisfies (53).

Considering first order variations of the state , we can verify that


where the variation is normalized as . The equation (54) can be written as


In particular, one can think of (or ) as a parameter for the states’ metrics and compute


For instance,


while, using (52),


and the difference between both expressions is precisely , which expresses (54) in terms of the parameter (or ).

On the other hand, since the first variation of the area with respect to vanishes Pando (), we have that


where, since the co-dimension is two, the area is entirely embedded in a spacelike hypersurface , so here stands for the spacelike Riemannian metric on .

Therefore, one can conclude that for states near to the interpretation of the quantity


is the area of the same surface calculated in the deformed metric . Note that is the extremal one for the metric , then in general it doesn’t need to be the extremal surface for . Actually, for states arbitrarily different from , one does not know on which surface should evaluate this functional, nor if the area law is even valid or there is corrections to it. Nevertheless, one can find a holographic (differential) formula that may be a useful recipe to track the dual metric in certain specific cases, where the minimal embedded surface does not change as the metric is deformed. In principle one must consider a one-parameter family of Riemannian metrics on a fixed manifold (space) , but in the cases we are going to study, we can identify the real parameter with , or .

We can differentiate the expression (59) with respect to the time parameter and obtain the holographic formula for the entropy production


where the time/parameter derivative is the total derivative since shall be interpreted as a parameter rather than a spacetime coordinate. However, if the whole spacetime is built up as a foliation of spaces , there is a frame where the parameter is the time coordinate and it is on the same foot as the other coordinates of the spacetime,


The formula (61) relates the entropy production in the field theory and the rate of change of the spacetime metric . In (62), () denotes the spatial coordinates, and means that these coordinates shall be evaluated on the minimal surface after taking partial time derivative. This equation should be supplemented with the RT equation in order to determine such a surface:


This prescription is useful for the specific example we are investigating. Equation (61) can be integrated out in the time parameter to obtain the (induced) metric, during an interval provided that


In fact, regarding the limit in which covers the whole sphere , one can do an ansatz for the metric with spherical symmetry and AdS asymptotics. In d+1 dimensions, the spacetime metric is given by


and the spatial metric on is nothing but


where as is the asymptotic (AdS) condition. In (65), is the time coordinate, is the radial coordinate, stands for the polar coordinates, and is interpreted as the AdS curvature. The exact AdS spacetime is given by and the induced metric on the spheres is . Now assume that .999Here we are using radial coordinates such that for simplicity, but this is not crucial and depends on changes of the radial coordinates . Therefore, the extremal surface is a sphere whose area is


with . All the computations made above hold for any spacetime dimension.

If , then and equation (61) reduces to


where would be the position of the minimal surface. Let us propose the following ansatz for the solution


Then, equation (63) gives


So, condition (64) is satisfied since is given by the constant embedding . Then equation (68) becomes


whose solution is


Thus, in principle, the function could be determined by solving the Einstein equations (EE) with this input, and the method would allow to determine the space metric from the behavior of the extremal surface.

As it will be clear in the next section, the later times behavior of the entropy indicates that the system thermalizes (see equation(50)) cardy-calabrese (); malda-hartman (). So, the later times regime might be holographically modeled by a two sided geometry consisting of slight (time dependent) deformations from the maximally extended AdS-Schwarschild solution, whose boundaries (where and live) are causally disconnected by an event horizon (see reference eternal ()), at least classically. The following model is going to be built up more precisely along these lines of thought.

Figure 2: Spatial section t = constant of the wormhole solution.

The example above is a one-sided geometry that can be interpreted as the dual to the state described by the reduced density matrix in the field theory. This can also be expressed as a two-sided geometry dual to the full state . For example, for the AdS-Schwarzschild solution with , this state is the thermal matrix density , while its TFD representation corresponds to the Kruskal extension of the solution (see the construction of eternal ()). This type of spacetimes describes a sort of wormhole such that the minimal area surface is clearly placed at the throat of the geometry (figure 2).

Moreover, if the metric is globally a General Relativity (GR) solution (for some physical energy-momentum tensor), the topological censorship theorems tcensorship () state that there is an event horizon separating causally these two conformal boundaries placed at . Nevertheless, if the boundary field theories are assumed to interact as in the example above (equation (72)), then the boundaries should be causally connected (see botta-arias-silva ()). Classically, this conflict can be bypassed only if we assume that the solution above, with maximally extended to all the real values of with a throat of radius at , does not contain event horizons anywhere; that is, it can be only a solution of some deformation from GR dynamics (e.g., Lovelock theory lovelock (), Lorentz violating gravities lorentz-violate (), etc.). However, a mechanism that makes the black hole traversable, based on a teleportation protocol, was presented in maldanovo (). This mechanism is suitable to understand the holographic picture for the entropy in the asymptotic limit ().

V Constructing a holographic dual model

Different types of dual geometries corresponding to the behavior described in the previous section could be built up. As emphasized in Marika (), it is not clear whether a system of two interacting CFTs can be realized holographically. In the case studied here, we have two peculiarities: a time-dependent entropy and the breaking of Lorentz symmetry by dissipative processes. In fact, we will present a different scenario of those studied in TakacoupledCFTs (); mozafar () and Marika (). Let us shed some light on the kind of model we intend to present. From equation (49), it can be seen that the early times behavior of the entropy is similar to the results of TakacoupledCFTs (); mozafar (), where it was calculated the entropy for two interacting theories. On the other hand, the asymptotic behavior of the entropy, defined in equation (50), suggests that there is thermalization. So, in the later times, there is a formation of a horizon.

v.1 Early times

In early times, the geometry of a spatial slice should be schematically similar to that shown in figure 2, with two locally asymptotically AdS regions such that the two fields and live on the respective asymptotic boundaries. Notice that the time dependent state is , which, according to the gauge/gravity correspondence, is dual to a metric that depends on time in the same way, that is, ; also, for , the field theory is conformal. Since for the time dependent state is equivalent to , the system remains in its fundamental state , which is dual to the geometry described precisely by two disconnected AdS spaces as shown in figure 1101010The holographic interpretation of these disconnected geometries have been discussed in collapse (); VR ().. We can encompass these two disconnected copies in the same expression for the metric by the introduction of a “radial” global coordinate , defined in the intervals and , respectively111111The coordinate is defined in terms of the usual global radial coordinate as .. Both manifolds are analytically completed by adding the limit points . Expressed in terms of these coordinates, the metric in dimensions reads


where denotes the metric on a compact Euclidean manifold and we are taking the limit . The two asymptotic boundaries correspond to . In the limit , this is the dual geometry for describing two AdS spaces in global coordinates, and there is no causal curves connecting both manifolds. We argue that when the interaction is turned on (or ), there is formation of a throat that entangles the vacuum dynamically. In this scenario we have a topology change ( regime), and the two separate spaces are now connected. This mechanism is hard to understand using a GR solution; we need some GR deformation or some quantum gravity effect that are beyond the scope of this work. We are not going to draw a holographic picture of the early times entropy and we will concentrate just in the later times.

v.2 Later times

The later times’ entropy is ruled by equation (50). Note that, if is proportional to the temperature, we get the Cardi-Calabrese’s result, suggesting thermalization. This implies that the holographic dual of this theory is BTZ black hole and the fields live, respectively, on the two asymptotically AdS boundaries. As shown in TraversableWormholes () and maldanovo (), it is possible to make the wormhole traversable by attaching a coupling between the fields. Effectively, somehow there is an attractive force between the boundaries that makes the radius of the event horizon to decrease, exposing the interior of the black hole. The process can be viewed as a teleportation protocol that sets up a quantum coupling of the form , where and represent operators of the two boundary theories. Let us show that we have a similar structure. The (leading first-order in gamma) interaction term between the boundaries is


In fact, the theory studied here can be seen as a deformation in two decoupled conformal field theories living on the two boundaries, namely


and the mechanism of information exchange proposed in TraversableWormholes (), and studied in maldanovo (), works for . The indice in this equation means that the expectation value is taken on the TFD vacuum. By using the BDHM (Banks, Douglas, Horowitz, Martinec) recipe BDHM (); BDHM2 (), one can quantize a field near the boundary of the AdS black hole, and , can be some linear combination of , and , respectively. In particular, if we define hermitian operators as


the hamiltonian (74) has the form , according to prescription of maldanovo (). Finally, we have


and then is positive such as we have thought.

Based on these discussions, we will present in this section a gravitational system that fits to our dissipative theory. In particular, it has similar field’s equation of motion and it is described in a coordinate system covering a region inside the event horizon.

v.3 The BTZ black hole with a time-dependent boundary

Although the results presented so far do not depend on the spacetime dimension, we will now show that in two dimensions it is possible to obtain a clearer geometric interpretation of the entanglement entropy we have calculated. It is well known that, at finite temperature, two dimensional CFT is dual to a BTZ black hole. In general, starting from a bulk metric with a flat boundary, it is possible to perform a coordinate transformation that generates a conformally flat boundary. In order to have a simple way to use the holographic renormalization and to calculate the stress-energy tensor Skenderis (); sken1 (), the bulk metric is written in Fefferman-Graham coordinates FG (). In reference Tetradis (), this procedure was carried out using a particular coordinate transformation, in order to produce boundary metrics with conformal factors that have explicit time dependence, such that the boundary metric is of the Friedmann-Robertson-Walker (FRW) type


For black holes, , it is possible to perform a time transformation such that this system perfectly fits the dissipative system presented here. Using the conformal time , the D-dimensional boundary metric has the conformal form . The equation of motion becomes


where the dot is the derivative relative to . Now, this equation of motion is exactly the dissipative equation of motion, where for we have, for , . For an approximation must be done. We are going to focus on the case, where the coordinate transformation is produced in an analytical form and it is easier to get a minimal area in order to use the RT formula.

We will discuss in this section the main results of Tetradis (). We start with the BTZ metric


where the temperature and the entropy are given by


As mentioned earlier, for our holographic applications it is easier to define Fefferman-Graham type coordinates. Defining the variable z


the metric takes the form


In reference Tetradis (), it is shown that it is possible to write this metric as follows




for some function constrained by Einstein equations (see Tetradis () for details). Comparing (84) with (86), we have


Now, taking the limit , we have a time-dependent boundary metric of the FRW type


where is a periodic variable. By coupling a scalar field to this metric and neglecting the self-interaction of the field, we have the equation of motion


where .

Note that, in general, the term is absorbed in the frequency term by using the conformal time variable and rescaling the fields. However, if we keep the structure of equation (89), the approach of doubling the degrees of freedom to make canonical quantization used in vitiello () allows to explore the subtleties involving the definition of the vacuum of the dissipative theory. In our case, the auxiliary system is in fact a physical system, defined as the degrees of freedom behind the horizon.

Before discussing the kind of approximation we intend to do in order to use this system to give a geometric interpretation of the previous one, let us see another important feature of the coordinate system defined in Tetradis (). As in the static case, the coordinates do not span the full BTZ geometry. The horizon is defined by . If we find the two roots of the equation , we discover that the coordinate system covers the two regions outside the event horizons, located at


This is a very important result, because this implies that, for constant , the minimal value of is


Therefore, the lowest value of is less than and the boundary system “sees” inside the horizon. According to RT prescription, in this coordinate system we have the following equation for the entanglement entropy Tetradis ():


Note that this result is in agreement with the reference malda-hartman () where, for non static situations, the minimum area is behind the event horizon.

Vi Gravity computations

In this part, we explain an approximated holographic method to analyze the DCFT. It assumes a holographic model for our dissipative system by a little time interval around (before) certain specific instant of its evolution , belonging to certain (stable) regime of interest.

Let us use a BTZ black hole in the coordinates discussed in the previous section, simply referred as -coordinates. For this calculation, let us assume that there exists a such that the holographic model simply stops to be a suitable description of our system, so the physical time parameter is taken to be . We are going to assume that in (80) varies slowly over time, such that the BTZ is in fact a sort of Vaidya solution in the adiabatic approximation, where Ziogas (); covariantEntropy () (see appendix). The Vaidya solution is the simplest example of a time dependent gravitational background which is explored in the context of the RT conjecture covariantEntropy (); timedependent (); Hubeny:2006yu (). It represents the black hole collapse and has a time dependent horizon defining a time dependent temperature SQW (); ECVD (); Li (); XLi (). We assume also that for the , the holographic model describes only the system approximately, i.e. in a neighborhood (immediately before) of , so to first order


In order to describe our dissipative system as a scalar field propagating on anti-de Sitter boundary, we must demand also that


so the equation of motion (89) agrees with that of our original system.

In this gravity model, entanglement entropy can be computed using the Ryu-Takayanagi formula. As the fields are defined in all space spanned by the board coordinate system, the minimal area to use in the Ryu-Takayanagi formula is the area computed with the minimal value of , written in (92). The entropy is


For a , this shall be demanded to agree with (therefore, the first order expansion of (97)), and using (94) and (95) we obtain


which implies the physical bound


Our description would be inconsistent otherwise. Now, the limit corresponds to small , implying the large N limit, since, according to the AdS/CFT dictionary,