Effective field theory for hydrodynamics: Thermodynamics, and the derivative expansion

Sergei Dubovsky, Lam Hui, Alberto Nicolis, Dam Thanh Son

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    We consider the low-energy effective field theory describing the infrared dynamics of nondissipative fluids. We extend previous work to accommodate conserved charges, and we clarify the matching between field-theory variables and thermodynamical ones. We discuss the systematics of the derivative expansion, for which field theory offers a conceptually clear and technically neat scheme. As an example, we compute the correction to the sound-wave dispersion relation coming from a sample second-order term. This formalism forms the basis for a study of anomalies in hydrodynamics via effective field theory, which is initiated in a companion paper.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number085029
    JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
    Issue number8
    StatePublished - Apr 26 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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