Evolution of segmented strings

Steven S. Gubser

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I explain how to evolve segmented strings in de Sitter and anti-de Sitter spaces of any dimension in terms of forward-directed null displacements. The evolution is described entirely in terms of discrete hops which do not require a continuum spacetime. Moreover, the evolution rule is purely algebraic, so it can be defined not only on ordinary real de Sitter and anti-de Sitter but also on the rational points of the quadratic equations that define these spaces. For three-dimensional anti-de Sitter space, a simpler evolution rule is possible that descends from the Wess-Zumino-Witten equations of motion. In this case, one may replace three-dimensional anti-de Sitter space by a noncompact discrete subgroup of SL(2,R) whose structure is related to the Pell equation. A discrete version of the Bañados-Teitelboim-Zanelli (BTZ) black hole can be constructed as a quotient of this subgroup. This discrete black hole avoids the firewall paradox by a curious mechanism: even for large black holes, there are no points inside the horizon until one reaches the singularity.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number106007
JournalPhysical review D
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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