JT gravity coupled to fermions

Tom Banks, Patrick Draper, Bingnan Zhang

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We argue that two-dimensional dilaton gravity models can all be derived from an analog of Jacobson’s covariant version of the first law of thermodynamics.We then specialize to the JT gravity model and couple it to massless fermions. This model is exactly soluble in quantum field theory, and we present a new derivation of that result. The field theory model violates two principles one might want to impose on a quantum theory of gravity describing the near horizon region of an extremal charged black hole in four dimensions: finite- ness of the entropy for finite causal diamonds, and the absence of global conservation laws. It preserves an infinite number of con- servation laws that one would have expected to be violated, since the fermion state on each side of the AdS2 wormhole is unavoid- ably thermal. We describe a cutoff version of the model, with extra interactions, which cures these difficulties. Our UV completion of the model depends on the AKK[3] map of non-relativistic fermions in an inverted oscillator potential to Weyl fermions in Minkowski space. We argue that gauging the Z2 symmetry of the oscillator model, using a density matrix with temperature that depends on the oscillator coordinates, and inserting chaotic interactions at (al-most) infinite oscillator coordinate, we obtain a model with prop- erties expected of quantum gravity in the near horizon region of an extremal charged black hole in four dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-522
Number of pages40
JournalAdvances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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