ABSTRACT:
I will discuss a remarkable analogy between the Jarzynski identity
from nonequilibrium statistical physics and the AdS/CFT duality. I will apply
the logic that leads to the Jarzynski identity to renormalization group (RG)
flows of quantum field theories and then argue for the natural connection with
the AdS/CFT duality formula. This application can be in principle checked in
Monte Carlo simulations of RG flows. Given the existing generalizations of the
Jarzynski identity in nonequilibrium statistical physics, and the analogy
between the Jarzynski identity and the AdS/CFT duality, we are led to suggest
natural but novel generalizations of the AdS/CFT dictionary. The talk is based
on arXiv:1007.3970 (with Michel
Pleimling).
