Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
A holographic study of the a-theorem and RG flow in general quadratic curvature gravity
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
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Accepted: 23 September 2019
Published online: 4 October 2019
We use the holographic language to show the existence of the a-theorem for even dimensional CFTs, dual to the AdS space in general quadratic curvature gravity. We find the Wess-Zumino action which is originated from the spontaneous breaking of the conformal symmetry in , by using a radial cut-off near the AdS boundary. We also study the RG flow and (average) null energy condition in the space of the couplings of theory. In a simple toy model, we find the regions where this holographic RG flow has a monotonic decreasing behavior.
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