Coupled boundary and bulk fields in anti-de Sitter spacetime

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We investigate the dynamics of a boundary field coupled to a bulk field with a linear coupling in an anti-de Sitter bulk spacetime bounded by a Minkowski (Randall-Sundrum) brane. An instability criterion for the coupled boundary and bulk system is found. There exists a tachyonic bound state when the coupling is above a critical value, determined by the masses of the brane and bulk fields and AdS curvature scale. This bound state is normalizable and localized near the brane, and leads to a tachonic instability of the system on large scales. Below the critical coupling, there is no tachyonic state and no bound state. Instead, we find quasinormal modes which describe stable oscillations, but with a finite decay time. Only if the coupling is tuned to the critical value does there exist a massless stable bound state, as in the case of zero coupling for massless fields. We discuss the relation to gravitational perturbations in the Randall-Sundrum brane-world
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)064001
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2005


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