- RG flow, gravity and the cosmological constant
- The Journal of High Energy Physics
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- 00 | 05
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
We study the low energy effective action $S$ of gravity, induced by integrating out gauge and matter fields, in a general class of Randall-Sundrum type string compactification scenarios with exponential warp factors. Our method combines dimensional reduction with the holographic map between between 5-d supergravity and 4-d large $N$ field theory. Using the classical supergravity approximation, we derive a flow equation of the effective action $S$ that controls its behavior under scale transformations. We find that as a result each extremum of $S$ automatically describes a complete RG trajectory of classical solutions. This implies that, provided the cosmological constant is canceled in the high energy theory, classical flat space backgrounds naturally remain stable under the RG-flow. The mechanism responsible for this stability is that the non-zero vacuum energy generated by possible phase transitions, is absorbed by a dynamical adjustment of the contraction rate of the warp factor.
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