A Uniqueness Theorem for the Antide Sitter Soliton
Abstract
The stability of physical systems depends on the existence of a state of least energy. In gravity, this is guaranteed by the positive energy theorem. For topological reasons, this fails for nonsupersymmetric KaluzaKlein compactifications, which can decay to arbitrarily negative energy. For related reasons, this also fails for the antide Sitter (AdS) soliton, a globally static, asymptotically toroidal Λ<0 spacetime with negative mass. Nonetheless, arguing from the AdS conformal field theory (AdS/CFT) correspondence, Horowitz and Myers proposed a new positive energy conjecture, which asserts that the AdS soliton is the unique state of least energy in its asymptotic class. We give a new structure theorem for static Λ<0 spacetimes and use it to prove uniqueness of the AdS soliton. Our results offer significant support for the new positive energy conjecture and add to the body of rigorous results inspired by the AdS/CFT correspondence.
 Publication:

Physical Review Letters
 Pub Date:
 March 2002
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevLett.88.101102
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepth/0108170
 Bibcode:
 2002PhRvL..88j1102G
 Keywords:

 High Energy Physics  Theory;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
 Mathematics  Differential Geometry
 EPrint:
 Revtex, 4 pages