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Holographic renormalization. (English) Zbl 0995.81075
Summary: We systematically develop the procedure of holographic renormalization for RG flows dual to asymptotically AdS domain walls. All divergences of the on-shell bulk action can be cancelled by adding covariant local boundary counterterms determined by the near-boundary behavior of bulk fields. This procedure defines a renormalized action from which correlation functions are obtained by functional differentiation. The correlators are finite and well behaved at coincident points. Ward identities, corrected for anomalies, are satisfied. The correlators depend on parts of the solution of the bulk field equations which are not determined by near-boundary analysis. In principle a full nonlinear solution is required, but one can solve linearized fluctuation equations to define a bulk-to-boundary propagator from which 2-point correlation functions are easily obtained. We carry out the procedure explicitly for two known RG flows obtained from the maximal gauged D=5 supergravity theory, obtaining new results on correlators of vector currents and related scalar operators and giving further details on a recent analysis of the stress tensor sector.

81T17 Renormalization group methods applied to problems in quantum field theory
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