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We study extremal surfaces in de Sitter space in the Poincare slicing in the upper patch, anchored on spatial subregions at the future boundary I+, restricted to constant boundary Euclidean time slices (focusing on strip subregions). We find real extremal surfaces of minimal area as the boundaries of past light-cone wedges of the subregions in question: these are null surfaces with vanishing area. We also find complex extremal surfaces as complex extrema of the area functional, and the area is not always real valued. In dS 4 the area is real. The area has structural resemblance with entanglement entropy in a dual conformal field theory. There are parallels with analytic continuation from the Ryu-Takayanagi expressions for holographic entanglement entropy in anti-de Sitter. We also discuss extremal surfaces in the de Sitter (dS) black brane and the de Sitter “bluewall” studied previously. The dS 4 black brane …
American Physical Society
Publication date: 
18 Jun 2015

K Narayan

Biblio References: 
Volume: 91 Issue: 12 Pages: 126011
Physical Review D