Any of the various explanations of gravity as a quantum theory, including string theory and loop quantum gravity.

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Topology and Quantum Field Theory

I am interested in finding any one particle state $\left| \Psi \right>$, mostly possibly topological in nature like a kink, such that $$ \left< VAC | R \widetilde{R} | \Psi \right> \neq 0$...
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Can measuring the refraction index in an object measure the strength of the quantum gravity between atoms of the object? [duplicate]

Is measuring the refraction index of an object a way of measuring the strength of the gravitational force between the atoms of the object (measuring quantum gravity)? From reading Snell's law of ...
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Do gravitational waves exist at the quantum level?

Do gravitational waves exist at quantum level produced by electrons or by atoms or by molecules? If yes, which particle produces them and how are they produced? Spacetime exists at a quantum level ...
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Does anyone take the Wightman axioms seriously?

Does anyone take the Wightman axioms seriously? Mainly with respect to quantum gravity or gauge theores, abelian or non-abelian? Anyone doing any research on axiomatization of QFTs in some way?
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Fundamentals for predicting the standard model? [closed]

. Now, the question(s). What must a theory include to be consistent with the standard model? What concepts/ fields must be predicted?(such as predicting a Higgs field, gauge groups, particles being ...
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What are “local degrees of freedom in gravity”, and why do they lead to fixed energy densities?

I am reading Jan de Boer's review of the AdS/CFT correspondence and I quote from end of page 1, where he is talking about equivalence of $(d+1)$-dimensional gravity to $d$-dimensional field theory “...
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Could gravity hold electron charge together?

Could the gravitational force be what holds the charge of the electron together? It seems to be the only obvious possibility; what other ideas have been proposed besides side-stepping the issue and ...
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What is the interpretation of a wave function of the Universe in Hawking's no boundary proposal?

In the path integral formalism we have an in state $\Psi_{in}[\phi]$ and and out state and we find the amplitude for going from one to the other: $$\Delta[\Psi_{in},\Psi_{out}] = \int \Psi_{in}[\phi]...
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What happens when you apply the path integral to the Einstein-Hilbert action?

The Einstein Field Equations emerge when applying the principle of least action to the Einstein-Hilbert action, and from what I understand the path integral formulation generalizes the principle of ...
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What is the connection between gravitons and geometry?

I know there are two ways to do quantum gravity. One can pick a background space-time (usually Minkowski flat space-time) and then at any time slice one can define the state of the universe as the ...
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Is there a thought experiment which brings to light the contradiction between General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics?

I've been told that GR and QM are not compatible, is there an intuitive reason/thought experiment which demonstrates the issue? (Or one of the issues?)
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Is electron/positron annihilation to two gravitons forbidden?

This follows from the question Can stress energy tensor vanish in general relativity?. What I'm really asking is whether electron/positron annihilation to two gravitons is allowed, but the obvious ...
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Critique of various approaches to quantum gravity

Does anyone know of good essays/articles that critique the various approaches to canonical quantum gravity (as opposed to string theory)? I just want to get a sense of what all has been tried, and ...
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Special relativity paradox and gravitation/acceleration equivalence

One of the features of the black hole complementarity is the following : According to an external observer, the infinite time dilation at the horizon itself makes it appear as if it takes an ...
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Significance of imaginary mass

Can real mass be thought of as producing a deformation in spacetime leading to a stable equilibrium (valley curve in gravitational potential energy) of the massive body, and imaginary mass as similar, ...
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I have been thinking about the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics [closed]

I have been thinking about the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics. after giving it much thought I'm wondering if the problem is not in the formulas used but the numbering system. ...
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Why integrate of metrics and not inverse metrics?

In quantum gravity it is generally said that the partition function is written as: $$ Z[J] = \int e^{ i S[g] +J.g } D[g] $$ My question is why do we functionally integrate over all possible metrics ...
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Could the singularity that gave rise to our universe be past-eternal?

Are there any compelling models that include a past eternal singularity that ultimately gave rise to our universe? Does the "no-boundary" hypothesis that utilizes imaginary time have past eternal ...
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Gravity - Force or Result?

I am no Physicist, but I enjoy reading about Physics. However reading about leading theories such as M-Theory and others they speculate about the existence of the Graviton. In my past reading of ...
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Can someone explain about M-theory? [closed]

Can someone explain about M-theory? I am very new to M-theory and string theory. I am very through with classical physics and little bits of quantum mechanics. Will you be able to explain why the ...
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What does quantum gravity look like at or beyond the Planck scale?

I am reading an article called The fundamental nature of space and time by Gerard 't Hooft. On page 3 he writes the following: Physically, however, the perturbative approach fails. The difficulty ...
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Can we apply Schrodinger equation in Newton Gravitational potential and derive the deterministic Newton's gravitation as a special case of it

We know the solutions for wave functions of a an hydrogen atom, and the energy values as given by spectral analysis of radiation emitted by Hydrogen, confirms the possible energy states as predicted ...
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Books on Spin-2 Gravity / Fierz-Pauli theory

I am trying to find a good pedagogical book/set of notes on Gravity as a spin-2 particle. I have been reading through Gravity & Strings by Ortin but it's very brief and offers little justification/...
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Is the Wheeler deWitt equation consistent with the holographic principle?

In this paper by Sean Carroll (What if Time Really Exists), there's a section "Lessons from Duality" where he says that the holographic principle (and in particular, that a lower dimensional non-...
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What causes gravity in M-Theory?

New and updated, because people were misunderstanding what I meant! General relativity describes gravity as the result of....(very roughly) spacetime curvature Newtonian gravity describes gravity as ...
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Is Hawking radiation valid for a microscopic black hole?

A black hole evaporates by Hawking radiation. The computation of the evaporation time uses some approximations. Question: Is the evaporation time valid for a microscopic black hole? In particular, ...
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Why is gravity so hard to unify with the other 3 fundamental forces?

Electricity and magnetism was unified in the 19th century, and unification of electromagnetism with the weak force followed suit, bringing into play the electroweak force. I've been told that ...
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How far apart do two objects have to be for there to be negligible force between them?

Inspired from the commentary on this question. How far apart do two objects have to be for the gravitational force between them to be negligible? By negligible I mean, that it could never be ...
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Do quantum wave functions curve spacetime before they are measured

Do wave functions cause spacetime curvature before they are measured, or would curvature only happen upon measurement? I guess the question becomes, do quantum wavefunctions carry energy while they ...
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What is it exactly that conflicts when trying to unify all 4 fundamental forces?

Everyone knows that there are 4 fundamental forces: Gravity Electromagnetic Weak Strong At school and university you're taught that no one has been able to unify these 4 fources. However, not a ...
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Gravity dual of N free scalars in 2D

I have a very basic (and might be very naive) question. What should be the dual gravity description of $N$ (with $N>>1$) free scalars in two dimensions? I was wondering whether it would be ...
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Probing beyond the black hole event horizon

Black holes are interpreted to have a "break down" of general relativity at their point of singularity. The region near the singularity is expected to be described by some theory of quantum gravity. ...
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Are all points in the universe connected?

Is it true that every point in the universe is connected or could be so theoretically? If so how is this mediated? Is it through the quantum nature of the fabric of space or is it through the ...
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Boundary term from isolated horizon?

In Quantum Black Hole Physics one must add a boundary term to the Einstein-Hilbert action because of a geometric restriction on the horizon. Why? Stokes theorem doesn't apply since the horizon isn't ...
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Problems of General Relativity on small and large scales [duplicate]

As far as I know, the most important problem of GR on large scales is the cosmological constant problem which in some manner can be thought of as a dark energy problem (please correct me if I am wrong)...
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What are the technical obstructions that prevent scale relativity from being a viable theory of quantum-gravity? [closed]

This post has been imported on physicsoverflow, see here. The astrophysicist Laurent Nottale develops since 1984 the scale relativity, which aims to unify quantum physics and relativity theory, ...
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Absolute time as a common basis of quantum gravity? [closed]

Quantum mechanics has an absolute time concept, and general relativity has the dynamic time concept of spacetime. The incompatibility of both concepts is called the problem of time in quantum gravity. ...
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Black hole entropy from collapsed entangled pure light

Consider the following scenario, very similar to the one proposed in this question, but this time, the pure quantum radiation used for the black hole collapse, is now being split with down-converter ...
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Continuously feeding an evaporating micro-black hole?

What would happen if you created a micro-black hole and could continuously feed it as quickly as it evaporates? Is it possible that it would remain relatively stable? If so, how might such a thing ...
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How much do we know about Quantum Gravity at energies larger than Planck energy?

What kind of predictions do current approaches to quantum gravity (superstrings/M-theory, loop quantum gravity,...) make at energies LARGER than Planck scale? Or is that a meaningless question? Does ...
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Are length contractions limited by Planck length?

While we are getting closer to speed of light our length in the direction of the movement is according to Lorentz transformation getting shorter. But we can not (even theoretically) consider length ...
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Why do physicists trust black hole physics?

Based on popular accounts of modern physics and black holes (articles, video lectures), I have come to understand the following: Black holes are predicted by General Relativity, a classical theory ...
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Can we create graviton particle or gravitational wave? [duplicate]

Can we create graviton particle or gravitational wave? I want to know if we able to generate graviton particle out of some energy. Is it theoretically possible? And could we generate gravitational ...
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Do the stellar remnant in a black hole have spatial extent? [duplicate]

I am not talking about event horizons. I am talking about the actual remnant of stellar collapse. Is it just a point, hence the problem with the singularity? Or does it have a finite volume that we ...
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Palatini type gravities: Where could I find them?

I read the article Quantum gravity with torsion and non-metricity. Although I found interesting the analysis in the paper, I found quite interesting an statement in the abstract, The class of ...
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What experiment would disprove loop quantum gravity?

Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG) is a theory of quantum space-time that attempts to describe the interconnection between general relativity and quantum mechanics. It's main postulate is the granularity of ...
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Black hole entropy

Bekenstein and Hawking derived the expression for black hole entropy as, $$ S_{BH}={c^3 A\over 4 G \hbar}. $$ We know from the hindsight that entropy has statistical interpretation. It is a measure ...
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Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored?

Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored? Is it around the horizon? Most of the entanglement entropy across the event horizon lies within Planck distances of it and are short lived. Is ...