Quantum attractor flows

Murat Günaydin, Andrew Neitzke, Boris Pioline, Andrew Waldron

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Motivated by the interpretation of the Ooguri-Strominger-Vafa conjecture as a holographic correspondence in the mini-superspace approximation, we study the radial quantization of stationary, spherically symmetric black holes in four dimensions. A key ingredient is the classical equivalence between the radial evolution equation and geodesic motion of a fiducial particle on the moduli space M*3 of the three-dimensional theory after reduction along the time direction. In the case of N ≤ 2 supergravity, M*3 is a para-quaternionic-Kähler manifold; in this case, we show that BPS black holes correspond to a particular class of geodesics which lift holomorphically to the twistor space Z of M*3, and identify Z as the BPS phase space. We give a natural quantization of the BPS phase space in terms of the sheaf cohomology of Z, and compute the exact wave function of a BPS black hole with fixed electric and magnetic charges in this framework. We comment on the relation to the topological string amplitude, extensions to N > 2 supergravity theories, and applications to automorphic black hole partition functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number056
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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