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The dual of nothing

Balasubramanian, Vijay; Ross, Simon F.

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Vijay Balasubramanian


We consider “bubbles of nothing” constructed by analytically continuing black hole solutions in anti–de Sitter space. These provide interesting examples of smooth time-dependent backgrounds which can be studied through the AdS/CFT correspondence. Our examples include bubbles constructed from Schwarzschild-AdS, Kerr-AdS and Reissner-Nordström AdS. The Schwarzschild bubble is dual to Yang-Mills theory on three-dimensional de Sitter space times a circle. We construct the boundary stress tensor of the bubble spacetime and relate it to the properties of field theory on de Sitter space.


Balasubramanian, V., & Ross, S. F. (2002). The dual of nothing. Physical Review D, Particles and fields, 66(8),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2002
Deposit Date Feb 15, 2008
Publicly Available Date Aug 2, 2010
Journal Physical Review D, Particles and fields
Print ISSN 0556-2821
Electronic ISSN 1089-4918
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Issue 8
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