We describe the temperature-chemical potential phase diagrams of holographic models of a range of strongly coupled gauge theories that display chiral symmetry breaking/restoration transitions. The models are based on the D3/probe-D7 system but with a phenomenologically chosen running coupling/dilaton profile. We realize chiral phase transitions with either temperature or density that are first or second order by changing the dilaton profile. Although the models are only caricatures of QCD they show that holographic models can capture many aspects of the QCD phase diagram and hint at the dependence on the running coupling.
Journal of Physics G Nuclear Physics
- Pub Date:
- May 2012
- High Energy Physics - Theory;
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology;
- Nuclear Theory
- 11 pages, 9 figures, v2: minor corrections, Invited contribution to an AdS/CFT edition of Journal of Physics G