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Liouville theory

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Context

Quantum Field Theory

algebraic quantum field theory (perturbative, on curved spacetimes, homotopical)

Introduction

Concepts

field theory:

Lagrangian field theory

quantization

quantum mechanical system, quantum probability

free field quantization

gauge theories

interacting field quantization

renormalization

Theorems

States and observables

Operator algebra

Local QFT

Perturbative QFT

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Idea

In the context of quantum field theory, Liouville theory is the name of a certain type of 2d CFT.

Properties

Relation to 3d quantum gravity

An argument (via Chern-Simons gravity, but see the caveats there) that 3d quantum gravity with negative cosmological constant has as boundary field theory 2d Liouville theory is due to (Coussaert-Henneaux-vanDriel 95). See also at AdS3-CFT2 and CS-WZW correspondence.

References

Survey:

See also:

Rigorous construction of the path integral, the DOZZ formula, and the conformal bootstrap for Liouville theory:

Review in:

An argument (via Chern-Simons gravity, but see the caveats there) that 3d quantum gravity with negative cosmological constant has as boundary field theory 2d Liouville theory is due to

  • O. Coussaert, Marc Henneaux, P. van Driel, The asymptotic dynamics of three-dimensional Einstein gravity with a negative cosmological constant, Class. Quant. Grav. 12 (1995) 2961-2966 (arXiv:gr-qc/9506019)

  • Leon A. Takhtajan, Lee-Peng Teo, Liouville action and Weil-Petersson metric on deformation spaces, global Kleinian reciprocity and holography, Commun.Math.Phys. 239 (2003) 183-240 (arXiv:math/0204318)

    Abstract: We rigorously define the Liouville action functional for finitely generated, purely loxodromic quasi-Fuchsian group using homology and cohomology double complexes naturally associated with the group action. We prove that the classical action - the critical point of the Liouville action functional, considered as a function on the quasi-Fuchsian deformation space, is an antiderivative of a 1-form given by the difference of Fuchsian and quasi-Fuchsian projective connections. This result can be considered as global quasi-Fuchsian reciprocity which implies McMullen’s quasi-Fuchsian reciprocity. We prove that the classical action is a Kahler potential of the Weil-Petersson metric. We also prove that Liouville action functional satisfies holography principle, i.e., it is a regularized limit of the hyperbolic volume of a 3-manifold associated with a quasi-Fuchsian group. We generalize these results to a large class of Kleinian groups including finitely generated, purely loxodromic Schottky and quasi-Fuchsian groups and their free combinations.

The relation to quantum Teichmüller theory is discussed/reviewed in:

Relation to the SL(2,)SL(2,\mathbb{R})-gauged WZW-model and analytically continued Wess-Zumino-Witten theory:

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