Scalar QED in AdS

Ankur, Dean Carmi, Lorenzo Di Pietro

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We consider scalar QED with Nf flavors in AdS D. For D < 4 the theory is strongly-coupled in the IR. We use the spin 1 spectral representation to compute and efficiently resum the bubble diagram in AdS, in order to obtain the exact propagator of the photon at large Nf. We then apply this result to compute the boundary four-point function of the charged operators at leading order in 1/Nf and exactly in the coupling, both in the Coulomb and in the Higgs phase. In the first case a conserved current is exchanged in the four-point function, while in the second case the current is absent and there is a pattern of double-trace scaling dimension analogous to a resonance in flat space. We also consider the BCFT data associated to the critical point with bulk conformal symmetry separating the two phases. Both in ordinary perturbation theory and at large Nf, in integer dimension D = 3 an IR divergence breaks the conformal symmetry on the boundary by inducing a boundary RG flow in a current-current operator.

Original languageEnglish
Article number89
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2023

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  • 1/N Expansion
  • Field Theories in Lower Dimensions
  • Renormalization Group
  • Scale and Conformal Symmetries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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