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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 762151, 9 pages
Research Article

Holographic Brownian Motion in Three-Dimensional Gödel Black Hole

1Sciences Faculty, Department of Physics, Mazandaran University, P.O. Box 47416-95447, Babolsar, Iran
2Young Researchers Club, Islamic Azad University, Ayatollah Amoli Branch, Amol, Iran

Received 7 January 2014; Accepted 21 February 2014; Published 2 April 2014

Academic Editor: Deyou Chen

Copyright © 2014 J. Sadeghi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The publication of this article was funded by SCOAP3.


By using the AdS/CFT correspondence and Gödel black hole background, we study the dynamics of heavy quark under a rotating plasma. In that case we follow Atmaja (2013) about Brownian motion in BTZ black hole. In this paper we receive some new results for the case of . In this case, we must redefine the angular velocity of string fluctuation. We obtain the time evolution of displacement square and angular velocity and show that it behaves as a Brownian particle in non relativistic limit. In this plasma, it seems that relating the Brownian motion to physical observables is rather a difficult work. But our results match with Atmaja work in the limit .

1. Introduction

In the last several years, the holographic AdS/CFT [14] has been exploited to study strongly coupled systems, in particular quark gluon plasmas [57]. The quark gluon plasma (QGP) is produced, when two heavy ions collide with each other at very high temperature. A relatively heavy particle, for example, a heavy quark, immerses in a soup of quarks and gluons with small fluctuations due to its interaction with constituent of QGP. The random motion of this particle is well known as Brownian motion [810]. The Brownian motion is a universal phenomenon in finite temperature systems and any particle immersed in a fluid at finite temperature undergoes Brownian motion. The Brownian motion opens a wide view from microscopic nature. It offers a better understanding of the microscopic origin of thermodynamics of black holes. Therefore, it is a natural step to study Brownian motion using the AdS/CFT correspondence. Particularly, the AdS/CFT correspondence can be utilized to investigate the Brownian motion for a quark in the quark gluon plasma.

In the field theory or boundary side of AdS/CFT story, a mathematical description of Brownian motion is given by the Langevin equation which phenomenologically describes the force acting on Brownian particles [1012] which is given by where is momentum of Brownian particle and is the friction coefficient. These forces originate from losing energy to medium due to friction term (first term) and getting a random kick from the thermal bath (second term). One can learn about the microscopic interaction between the Brownian particle and the fluid constituents, if these forces be clear. By assuming , the time evolution of displacement square is given as follows [10]: where is diffusion constant, is the temperature, and is the mass of Brownian particle. At early time, (ballistic regime), the Brownian particle moves with constant velocity , while at the late time, (diffusive regime), the particle undergoes a random walk.

In the gravity or bulk side of AdS/CFT version for Brownian motion, we need a gravitational analog of a quark immersed in QGP. This is achieved by introducing a bulk fundamental string stretching between the boundary at infinity and event horizon of an asymptotically AdS black hole background [1317]. The dual statement of a quark in QGP on the boundary corresponds to the black hole environment that excites the modes of string. In the context of this duality, the end of string at the boundary corresponds to the quark which shows Brownian motion and its dynamics is formulated by Langevin equation. In the formulation of AdS/CFT correspondence, fields of gravitational theory would be related to the corresponding boundary theory operators [3, 4]. In this way, instead of using the boundary field theory to obtain the correlation function of quantum operators, we can determine these correlators by the thermal physics of black holes and use them to compute the correlation functions. In [1417], the Brownian motion has been studied in holographic setting and the time evolution of displacement square. If we consider different gravity theories, we know that strings live in a black hole background and excitation of the modes is done by Hawking radiation of black hole. So, different theories of gravity can be associated with various plasma in the boundary. In this paper we follow different works to investigate Brownian motion of a particle in rotating plasmas. We try to consider the motion of a particle in two-dimensional rotating plasma whose gravity dual is described by three-dimensional Gödel metric background. In this case, we will see that, for the parameter in the Gödel metric, new conditions for Brownian motion will be provided. As we know, the Brownian motion of a particle in two-dimensional rotating plasma with the corresponding gravity of BTZ black hole has been studied in [16]. The Gödel metric background in the special case receives to the BTZ black hole [18], so the comparison of our results with [16] gives us motivation to understanding the Brownian motion in rotating plasmas in general form of background as Gödel black hole.

This paper is arranged as follows. In Section 2, we give some review of three-dimensional Gödel black hole and derive string action from this metric background. Section 3 is devoted to investigate a holographic realization of Brownian motion and obtain the solution for equation of motion of string in Gödel black hole geometry. We study the Hawking radiation of the transverse modes near the outer horizon of Gödel black hole to describe the random motion of the external quark in Section 4. In Section 5, we make some summery about our results.

2. Background and String Action

2.1. Gödel Black Hole

Three-dimensional Gödel spacetime is an exact solution of Einstein-Maxwell theory with a negative cosmological constant and a Chern-Simons term [19]. When the electromagnetic field acquires a topological mass Maxwell equation will be modified by an additional term. In that case, we receive to Einstein-Maxwell-Chern-Simons system, and the geometry is the Gödel space time [20]. This theory can be viewed as a lower dimensional toy model for the bosonic part of five-dimensional supergravity theory, so it can be an advantage in development of string theory. Three-dimensional Gödel black holes are like their higher dimensional counterparts in special properties. The action of Einstein-Maxwell-Chern-Simons theory in three dimensions is given by [21] A general spherically symmetric static solution to the above action in various cases for the parameter can be written by [22] where , , and are functions of as with The gauge potential is given by with The parameters and are mass and angular momentum. The arbitrary constant is a pure gauge. We can rewrite metric (4) in the ADM form as follows: where The Hawking temperature that gives the temperature of the plasma is [23] Here is the inner horizon and is the outer horizon. In the sector , we have real solution only for negative. In this regime, there are Gödel particles and theory supports time-like constants fields. When , has positive values. In this case black hole will be will be constructed and theory supports space-like constants fields. For , metric (4) reduces to BTZ metric as can be explicitly seen by transforming to the standard frame that is nonrotating at infinity with respect to anti-de Sitter space: In the standard frame, energy and angular momentum become and , instead of and in rotating frame.

2.2. String Action

In the general case for a -dimensional black hole metric background is Here stands for the string worldsheet coordinates and    for the spacetime coordinates. If we stretch a string along the direction and consider small fluctuation in the transverse direction , the dynamics of this string follows from the Nambu-Goto action [14]: If the scalars do not fluctuate too far from their equilibrium values (), we can expand the above action up to quadratic order in : In fact, this quadratic fluctuation Lagrangian can be interpreted as taking the nonrelativistic limit, so we must use the dual Langevin dynamics on boundary in the nonrelativistic case.

3. Strings in Gödel Black Hole

As we said in the Introduction, an external quark is dual to an open string that extends from the boundary to the horizon of the black hole [24]. We can obtain the dynamics of this string in a threedimensional Gödel black hole with the metric background (9) by the Nambu-Goto action (14) in the following form: We have obtained the above relation in the standard frame. The equation of motion for derived from (16) is

3.1. Trivial Solution

The Nambu-Goto action up to quadratic terms after subsisting the small fluctuation under Gödel metric background in the standard frame is given by By changing coordinate to (where ) and defining , one can write the equation of motion as follows: where The solution for this equation of motion is the trivial solution for the relation (17). In general, solution of this equation is very complicated. However, for the extremal case , we can find an analytical solution as where is obtained from the following relation: where and . The complete solution of is derived in the Appendix. With similar argument as in [16], this solution is not acceptable, because it does not have oscillatory modes in radial coordinates and also, for this trivial constant solution, one can investigate that the square root determinant of the worldsheet metric is not real everywhere; therefore, it is not a physical solution. Due to nonphysical motivation about the mentioned solution, we have to consider another approach, which is linear solution.

3.2. Linear Solution

We can take the linear ansatz for the small fluctuation in the transverse direction to achieve a nontrivial solution, so we expand it as where is a constant angular velocity. By replacing this relation into (17), the solution for is obtained as follows: where is a constant which has a concept as the total force to keep string moving with linear angular velocity and also is related to momentum conjugate of in direction. At , the numerator becomes zero, so the denominator should also vanish there, because the string solution (23) must be real everywhere along the worldsheet. For and , is given by When and , we receive the excepted relation for BTZ black hole [16]. For and , we obtain According to [16] we set dominator to zero, so we have The external force can be obtained by considering the rotation and the topological mass of black hole which is given by After extracting this external force, we can derive the friction coefficient for nonzero , by considering the relation , as With this coefficient reduces to the excepted value for BTZ black hole [16].

The Nambu-Goto action, with the small fluctuation, , under the Gödel background becomes The equation of motion from the above Nambu-Goto action is given by Solving this equation is quite complicated for more values of . However, one can find that there are some values like where this makes it possible to solve the equation of motion. In derivation of the right-hand side of the above relation we use . The special radius approaches the outer horizon of the Gödel black hole for this value of angular velocity , where   (and ); then the steady state solution is the case that . From relation (32) for the angular velocity, it is evident that we can receive to for BTZ black hole . Furthermore, for , we can check that , but there must be some condition on and to have for . We can write the equation of motion for this terminal angular velocity with changing coordinate to as where As before, we take , so (33) reduce to Consequently, the independent linear solutions to the above equation are obtained as below: where or with and , we have .   By considering the following relation for hypergeometric functions, (36) reduces as which gives oscillation modes. We have the following asymptotic behavior from the solutions near the outer horizon and the boundary : with .

4. Displacement Square

So far, we have succeeded to drive oscillation modes for a string moving in the Gödel black hole background. In the following, we follow the same procedure as in [14, 16] to compute the displacement square for Brownian motion. In order to achieve this, we write the solutions for bulk equation of motion as a linear combination of : where and are constants. By exerting the Neumann boundary condition near the boundary, with , to put the UV-cutoff, we obtain Note that the constant is a pure phase, so by using (40) in the near horizon we can write To regulate the theory, we implement another cutoff near the outer horizon at , , which is called IR-cutoff; we obtain If we take in the terms of by relation (41) only, then has continuous values, since the can have any value. Using relation (43) for will satisfy our requirements to have discrete values in . In this case, the discreteness is [14, 16] where, in terms of , it is given by Following the above processes and using IR-cutoff to discrete the continuous spectrum makes it easy to find normalized bases of modes and to quantize by extending in these modes.

4.1. Brownian Particle Location

In this section we are going to use quantized modes of the string near the outer horizon of Gödel black hole to describe the Brownian motion of an external quark. Therefore we consider the Nambu-Goto action for certain amount of terminal angular velocity, near the outer horizon : where . Thus, according to the same procedure for standard scalar fields, we introduce the following mode expansions: with Now, by considering the above quantum modes on the probe string in the bulk, we want to work out the dynamics of the endpoint which corresponds to an external quark. We investigate the wave-functions of the world-sheet fields in the two interesting regions: (i) near the black hole horizon and (ii) close to the boundary. From (40), near the horizon , expansion (48) becomes We used . On the other hand, expansion (48) at (the location of the regulated boundary) is given by One can see that there are two modes in the solutions. The outgoing modes () that are excited because of Hawking radiation [25, 26] and incoming modes () which fall into black hole. The outgoing mode correlators are determined by the thermal density matrix: and the expectation value of occupation number is given by the Bose-Einstein distribution: with . Using the knowledge of relation (52) about outgoing modes correlators in the bulk, we can investigate the motion of the endpoint of the string at . We can also determine the behavior of the Brownian motion, by computing displacement square, as came in (2). So we can predict the nature of Brownian motion of external particle on the boundary. For this purpose, we compute the modes correlators at as By utilizing (46), we can write the above relation in the integral form. We see that the integral is diverging. So we regularize it by normally ordering the , oscillators:; then we have and the displacement square becomes with and we have defined The evaluation of these integrals and their behavior for and can be found in Appendix of [14]. From relation (58), we can see that when , we have . Thus in general case for , we use the following relations for integrals (57): However, for and , then , one can utilize the following relation for and : Therefore, has the following form: One can check that the displacement square (61) is consistent with BTZ black hole in [16] by setting or . In that case, the vanishes for (or ), but when , the will have zero value only for (see relation (32)). Then our static solution is achieved by this condition. The diffusion constant from (61) is given by So, the relaxation time of Brownian particle is as follows: The mass of external particle, , can be computed by using the total energy and momentum of string [27] under the metric background (4): with Then we have One can check that, after putting in the above relation, the result of integral is as excepted for BTZ black hole. However, for we obtain where . Then the mass is defined as From the above relations, we see that relating the physical mass to displacement square is difficult.

5. Summary

In this paper, by using AdS/CFT correspondence, we studied the Brownian motion of an external quark in plasma. It is corresponded to a string stretched from horizon of AdS to boundary. By using the Nambu-Goto action, we obtained the equation of motion for this string in the Gödel background. For an acceptable solution with oscillatory modes, we had to redefine the terminal angular velocity. We found that turning on a finite density for a conserved charge (reflected by a CS term in the bulk) and the rotation of black hole influence oscillatory modes. For realization of the Brownian motion, we derived the time evolution of the displacement square from the modes correlators. We showed that in general case Gödel black hole), our results for displacement square are different in comparison with [16]. However, in limit (BTZ black hole), we confirmed that our results agree with the work of Atmaja [16]. We derived the physical mass, but we found that relating the displacement square to physical observables is a difficult work. This is the problem that we would like to consider in future work. Also we would like to investigate the Brownian motion of external quarks in different environments, in particular plasmas which correspond to metric backgrounds as Lifshitz geometry [28] and metric backgrounds with hyperscaling violation [29, 30].


The solution to the following differential equation can be obtained analytically as where , , , , , , and are given by relations (A.2)–(A.6):

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


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