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Zhenbin Yang (Stanford University)
Date & Time
Wed, 10 June 2020, 09:00 to 10:30
ICTS virtual seminar, Please register at (Links to join the seminars will be sent to your registered email address)

We study quantum JT gravity at finite cutoff using a mapping to the statistical mechanics of a self-avoiding loop in hyperbolic space, with positive pressure and fixed length. The semiclassical limit (small GNG_{N}GN​) corresponds to large pressure, and we solve the problem in that limit in three overlapping regimes that apply for different loop sizes. For intermediate loop sizes, a semiclassical effective description is valid, but for very large or very small loops, fluctuations dominate. For large loops, this quantum regime is controlled by the Schwarzian theory. For small loops, the effective description fails altogether, but the problem is controlled using a conjecture from the theory of self-avoiding walks.