Holographic neutron stars

Jan de Boer*, Kyriakos Papadodimas, Erik Verlinde

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We construct in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence degenerate composite operators in the conformal field theory that are holographically dual to degenerate stars in anti de Sitter space. We calculate the effect of the gravitational back-reaction using the Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff equations, and determine the "Chandrasekhar limit" beyond which the star undergoes gravitational collapse towards a black hole.

Original languageEnglish
Article number020
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Gauge-gravity correspondence
  • AdS-CFT Correspondence

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