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Black Holes and Thermoelectric Transport

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In seeking possible applications of holography to real materials the thermoelectric conductivity is an important observable to study. Like the entropy we explain how the DC conductivity can be obtained from the behaviour of black hole spacetimes purely at the horizon. More precisely, we show that the DC conductivity can be obtained by solving a generalised set of Navier-Stokes equations for a fluid living on the black hole horizon. Unlike other connections between fluids and black holes, this is an exact result and and can be viewed as a precise manifestation of the old membrane paradigm for black holes in holography. We also show that CFTs (not just holographic) with spatially periodic temperature gradients and strains can exhibit the novel phenomenon of thermal backflow, in which heat currents locally flow in the opposite direction to that of an applied DC source.

This talk is part of the Theoretical Physics Colloquium series.

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