Holographic Rényi Entropy at High Energy Density

Dong, Xi (Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA)

01 February 2019

Abstract: We show that Rényi entropies of subregions can be used to distinguish when the entire system is in a microcanonical ensemble from when it is in a canonical ensemble, at least in theories holographically dual to gravity. Simple expressions are provided for these Rényi entropies in a particular thermodynamic limit with high energy density and fixed fractional size of the subregion. Holographically, the Rényi entropies are determined by the areas of cosmic branes inserted into the bulk spacetime. They differ between a microcanonical and a canonical ensemble because the two ensembles provide different boundary conditions for the gravitational theory under which cosmic branes lead to different backreacted geometries. This is in contrast to the von Neumann entropy which is more coarse-grained and does not differentiate microcanonical ensembles from canonical ensembles.

Published in: Physical Review Letters 122 (2019)
Published by: APS
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.041602
arXiv: 1811.04081
License: CC-BY-4.0

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