Disc partition function of 2d $R^2$ gravity from DWG matrix model
Abstract
We compute the sum over flat surfaces of disc topology with arbitrary number of conical singularities. To that end, we explore and generalize a specific case of the matrix model of dually weighted graphs (DWG) proposed and solved by one of the authors, M. Staudacher and Th. Wynter. Namely, we compute the sum over quadrangulations of the disc with certain boundary conditions, with parameters controlling the number of squares (area), the length of the boundary and the coordination numbers of vertices. The vertices introduce conical defects with angle deficit given by a multiple of $\pi$, corresponding to positive, zero or negative curvature. Our results interpolate between the wellknown 2d quantum gravity solution for the disc with fluctuating 2d metric and the regime of 'almost flat' surfaces with all the negative curvature concentrated on the boundary. We also speculate on possible ways to study the fluctuating 2d geometry with $AdS_2$ background instead of the flat one.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 October 2021
 arXiv:
 arXiv:2110.10104
 Bibcode:
 2021arXiv211010104K
 Keywords:

 High Energy Physics  Theory;
 Condensed Matter  Statistical Mechanics;
 Mathematical Physics
 EPrint:
 43 pages, 3 figures