The Holographic Entropy Cone


Bao, N. (2015). The Holographic Entropy Cone. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/15080067


Bao, Ning. The Holographic Entropy Cone. Perimeter Institute, Aug. 18, 2015, https://pirsa.org/15080067


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:15080067,
            doi = {10.48660/15080067},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/15080067},
            author = {Bao, Ning},
            keywords = {Quantum Fields and Strings, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Information},
            language = {en},
            title = {The Holographic Entropy Cone},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2015},
            month = {aug},
            note = {PIRSA:15080067 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Ning Bao University of California, Berkeley


We initiate a systematic enumeration and classification of entropy inequalities satisfied by the Ryu-Takayanagi formula for conformal field theory states with smooth holographic dual geometries. For 2, 3, and 4 regions, we prove that the strong subadditivity and the monogamy of mutual information give the complete set of inequalities. This is in contrast to the situation for generic quantum systems, where a complete set of entropy inequalities is not known for 4 or more regions. We also find an infinite new family of inequalities applicable to 5 or more regions. The set of all holographic entropy inequalities bounds the phase space of Ryu-Takayanagi entropies, defining the holographic entropy cone. We characterize this entropy cone by reducing geometries to minimal graph models that encode the possible cutting and gluing relations of minimal surfaces. We find that, for a fixed number of regions, there are only finitely many independent entropy inequalities. To establish new holographic entropy inequalities, we introduce a combinatorial proof technique that may also be of independent interest in Riemannian geometry and graph theory.