Emergent space-time and the supersymmetric index

Monday, 30 November, 2015

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It is of interest to find criteria on a 2d CFT which indicate that it gives rise to emergent gravity in a macroscopic 3d AdS space via holography. Symmetric orbifolds in the large N limit have partition functions which are consistent with an emergent space-time string theory with Lstring~LAdS. For supersymmetric CFTs, the elliptic genus can serve as a sensitive probe of whether the SCFT admits a large radius gravity description with Lstring<<LAdS after one deforms away from the symmetric orbifold point in moduli space. We discuss several classes of constructions whose elliptic genera strongly hint that gravity with LPlanck<<Lstring<<LAdS can emerge at suitable points in moduli space.


Nathan Benjamin
Shamit Kachru
Christoph A. Keller
Natalie M. Paquette