Universal regularization prescription for Lovelock AdS gravity

Georgios Kofinas, Rodrigo Olea

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A definite form for the boundary term that produces the finiteness of both the conserved quantities and Euclidean action for any Lovelock gravity with AdS asymptotics is presented. This prescription merely tells even from odd bulk dimensions, regardless the particular theory considered, what is valid even for Einstein-Hilbert and Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet AdS gravity. The boundary term is a given polynomial of the boundary extrinsic and intrinsic curvatures (also referred to as Kounterterms series). Only the coupling constant of the boundary term changes accordingly, such that it always preserves a well-posed variational principle for boundary conditions suitable for asymptotically AdS spaces. The background-independent conserved charges associated to asymptotic symmetries are found. In odd bulk dimensions, this regularization produces a generalized formula for the vacuum energy in Lovelock AdS gravity. The standard entropy for asymptotically AdS black holes is recovered directly from the regularization of the Euclidean action, and not only from the first law of thermodynamics associated to the conserved quantities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number069
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007


  • AdS-CFT correspondence
  • Black holes in string theory
  • Classical theories of gravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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