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The fluid manifesto: emergent symmetries, hydrodynamics, and black holes

  • Author(s): Haehl, FM
  • Loganayagam, R
  • Rangamani, M
  • et al.

© 2016, The Author(s). We focus on the question of how relativistic fluid dynamics should be thought of as a Wilsonian effective field theory emerging from Schwinger-Keldysh path integrals. Taking the basic principles of Schwinger-Keldysh formalism seriously, we are led to a series of remarkable statements and conjectures, which we phrase in terms of a broad programme relating relativistic fluid dynamics and topological sigma models. Apart from the intrinsic interest for these ideas from the non-equilibrium field theory viewpoint, we also emphasize its relevance to various fundamental questions in black hole physics.

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