Conserved quantities and dual turbulent cascades in anti-de Sitter spacetime


We consider the dynamics of a spherically symmetric massless scalar field coupled to general relativity in anti-de Sitter spacetime in the small-amplitude limit. Within the context of our previously developed two time framework (TTF) to study the leading self-gravitating effects, we demonstrate the existence of two new conserved quantities in addition to the known total energy $E$ of the modes: The particle number $N$ and Hamiltonian $H$ of our TTF system. Simultaneous conservation of $E$ and $N$ implies that weakly turbulent processes undergo dual cascades (direct cascade of $E$ and inverse cascade of $N$ or vice versa). This partially explains the observed dynamics of 2-mode initial data. In addition, conservation of $E$ and $N$ limits the region of phase space that can be explored within the TTF approximation and, in particular, rules out equipartition of energy among the modes for general initial data. Finally, we discuss the possible effects of conservation of $N$ and $E$ on late time dynamics.

Phys. Rev. D 91, 064026
Stephen R. Green
Stephen R. Green
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a theoretical physicist studying gravitational waves, currently based in Berlin. My main interests are in black hole perturbation theory and applying machine-learning methods to analyze LIGO data.