On the shape dependence of Entanglement Entropy

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Abstract: We study the shape dependence of entanglement entropy (EE) by deforming symmetric entangling surfaces. We show that entangling surfaces with a rotational or translational symmetry extremize (locally) the EE with respect to shape deformations that break some of the symmetry (i.e. the 1st order correction vanishes). This result applies to EE and Renyi entropy for any QFT in any dimension. Using Solodukhin’s formula in 4d and holography in any d, we calculate the 2nd order correction to the universal EE for CFTs and simple symmetric entangling surfaces. For several entangling surfaces we find that the 2nd order correction is positive for any perturbation, and thus the corresponding symmetric entangling surface is a local minimum. Some of the results are extended to free massive fields and to 4d Renyi entropy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number43
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • AdS-CFT Correspondence
  • Gauge-gravity correspondence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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