Entanglement entropy of α-vacua in de sitter space

Sugumi Kanno, Jeff Murugan, Jonathan P. Shock, Jiro Soda

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We consider the entanglement entropy of a free massive scalar field in the one parameter family of a-vacua in de Sitter space by using a method developed by Maldacena and Pimentel. An a-vacuum can be thought of as a state filled with particles from the point of view of the Bunch-Davies vacuum. Of all the a-vacua we find that the entanglement entropy takes the minimal value in the Bunch-Davies solution. We also calculate the asymptotic value of the Renyi entropy and find that it increases as a increases. We argue these features stem from pair condensation within the non-trivial a-vacua where the pairs have an intrinsic quantum correlation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number)72
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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