Stephen Ebert, Christian Ferko, HaoYu Sun, Zhengdi Sun
SciPost Phys. 13, 096 (2022) ·
published 13 October 2022

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JT gravity has a firstorder formulation as a twodimensional BF theory, which can be viewed as the dimensional reduction of the ChernSimons description of $3d$ gravity. We consider $T\bar{T}$type deformations of the $(0+1)$dimensional dual to this $2d$ BF theory and interpret the deformation as a modification of the BF theory boundary conditions. The fundamental observables in this deformed BF theory, and in its $3d$ ChernSimons lift, are Wilson lines and loops. In the $3d$ ChernSimons setting, we study modifications to correlators involving boundaryanchored Wilson lines which are induced by a $T\bar{T}$ deformation on the $2d$ boundary; results are presented at both the classical level (using modified boundary conditions) and the quantummechanical level (using conformal perturbation theory). Finally, we calculate the analogous deformed Wilson line correlators in $2d$ BF theory below the Hagedorn temperature where the principal series dominates over the discrete series.
Stephen Ebert, Eliot Hijano, Per Kraus, Ruben Monten, Richard M. Myers
SciPost Phys. 13, 038 (2022) ·
published 29 August 2022

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Pure threedimensional gravity is a renormalizable theory with two free parameters labelled by $G$ and $\Lambda$. As a consequence, correlation functions of the boundary stress tensor in AdS$_3$ are uniquely fixed in terms of one dimensionless parameter, which is the central charge of the Virasoro algebra. The same argument implies that AdS$_3$ gravity at a finite radial cutoff is a renormalizable theory, but now with one additional parameter corresponding to the cutoff location. This theory is conjecturally dual to a $T\overline{T}$deformed CFT, assuming that such theories actually exist. To elucidate this, we study the quantum theory of boundary gravitons living on a cutoff planar boundary and the associated correlation functions of the boundary stress tensor. We compute stress tensor correlation functions to twoloop order ($G$ being the loop counting parameter), extending existing tree level results. This is made feasible by the fact that the boundary graviton action simplifies greatly upon making a judicious field redefinition, turning into the NambuGoto action. After imposing Lorentz invariance, the correlators at this order are found to be unambiguous up to a single undetermined renormalization parameter.
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