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

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What predictions can a quantum gravity theory make?

Some of the major challenges that heralded the need for quantum mechanics we're explaining the photo-electric effect, the double-slit experiment, and electrons behavior in semi conductors. What are ...
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Can a fundamental particle black hole with conserved charge emit Hawking radiation?

Let's says there is a fundamental particle: That is so massive that it is a black hole by itself (Compton wavelength < Schwarzschild radius) That carries a conserved quantum number (e.g. charge ...
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What is a graviton?

We know that a graviton is a hypothetical particle that carries gravitational energy. I have no definite knowledge in string theory, being a student; taking classical gravity into consideration or ...
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Black hole complementarity - absorption of Hawking radiation

I try to understand two principles formulated by Leonard Susskind in his book The Black Hole War: 1, To any observer who remains outside a black hole, the stretched horizon appears to be a hot layer ...
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Critics of Mannheim's Conformal Gravity Theory?

I'm looking for more articles/reactions/critiques/support for Philip Mannheim's recent conformal gravity theory. See here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1101.2186v1 Any ideas on where to start?
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Is the graviton hypothetical?

Wikipedia lists the graviton as a hypothetical particle. I wonder whether graviton is indeed hypothetical or does its existence directly follow from modern physics? Does observation of gravitational ...
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Virtual Gravitons?

In QED, the field strength dependence is expressed by a field of virtual photons of varying spatial density. I know that we describe gravity as a warp in space-time, but how can one warp space (and ...
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Singularity and evaporation of black hole

A question I have found that, in a question it is saying that what will be happened to the singularity when black hole evaporates. But recently I have checked that Stephen Hawking denied the ...
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Gravity, a weak force?

Why is gravity such a weak force? It becomes strong for particles only at the Planck scale, around $10^{19}$ $\text{GeV}$, much above the electroweak scale ($100$ $\text{GeV}$, the energy scale ...
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Loop-Quantum Gravity versus String Theory [closed]

Basically asking what were the motives behind each theory. What was it that lead physicists toward these ideas?
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Dirac Equation in General Relativity

Dirac equation for the massless fermions in curved spase time is $γ^ae^μ_aD_μΨ=0$, where $e^μ_a$ are the tetrads. I have to show that Dirac spinors obey the following equation: ...
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Information loss in a black hole

How does the Holographic Principle help to establish the fact that all the information is not lost in a black hole?
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Does quantum gravity entail that spacetime is emergent?

It is being said by some people, that quantum gravity entails that spacetime is an emergent phenomenon, and thus that the immaterial gives rise to the material. Is this what quantum graivty entails, ...
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Conformal Coupling for QFT in Curved Spacetime

I have seen it stated but not explained that consistency requires you to couple massless fields to gravity using the conformal coupling, so that $trT_{\mu \nu}=0$. What is the reason for this?
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Is spacetime discrete or continuous?

Is the spacetime continuous or discrete? Or better, is the 4-dimensional spacetime of general-relativity discrete or continuous? What if we consider additional dimensions like string theory ...
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Gravitational Chern-Simons theory for bosons and fermions

Q1: What is the difference of boson and fermions for their Gravitational Chern-Simons theory? I suppose in general if the metric is not flat, we have vierbein ${e_{\hat{b}}}^{\nu}$, with $$ ...
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The final death of a black hole

What are the different death scenarios for a black hole? I know they can evaporate through Hawking radiation - but is there any other way? What if you just kept shoveling more and more mass and ...
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Is there a simple layman way to explain the incompatibilities between quantum mechanics and (general) relativity to high school students?

Is there a simple layman way that I can use to explain the incompatibilities between quantum mechanics and (general) relativity to high school students (people with not much knowledge of the intricate ...
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Quantum Gravity and Calculations of Mercury's Perihelion

In an astronomy forum that I frequent, I have been having a discussion where the state of quantum gravity research came up. I claimed that Loop Quantum Gravity theories couldn't prove GR in the ...
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Naive quantum gravity

My question involves an analogy I have to point out. Consider the Lagrangian density for the a complex scalar field: \begin{equation} ...
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Friedmann Equations with varying G?

If Newton's constant $G$ actually varies with cosmological time $t$ would a suitably modified form of the Einstein field equations: $$G_{\mu \nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu \nu} = \frac{8 \pi G(t)}{c^4} T_{\mu ...
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Is the cosmological redshift caused by the Planck mass increasing?

The standard explanation for the cosmological redshift is that photons emitted from far away galaxies have their wavelengths lengthened as they travel through the expanding Universe. But perhaps the ...
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Phys.org Spectral geometry to unite relativity and quantum mechanics, restate in laymens terms?

Lingua Franca links relativity and quantum theories with spectral geometry Could someone give me a short synopsis of this article in laymens terms? What implications does this have in the physics ...
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What happens when an electron jumps through the event horizon of a black hole?

If quantum teleportation is performed into a black hole (by an electron for example), what happens to that electron? Let's say a hydrogen atom is very close to a black hole and the electron jumps ...
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What is the relationship between the Schwarzschild radius and Black hole Singularity?

What is the relationship between the Schwarzschild radius and Black hole Singularity? Can the Planck length be the length of singularity? Or is the length of the Schwartzschild shorter than the ...
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If Space is continuous, why can't we go below Planck Length?

I am not talking about any other attributes of particles, vacuum etc ruling out Uncertainty Principle thing. If talking about pure Space (which is continuous, not discrete, cf. e.g. this Phys.SE ...
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Wouldn't angular momentum of a binary star system decrease?

Consider a binary star system, as these stars go around one another they would emit gravitational waves. Since, the graviton is a spin 2 particle. Wouldn't the angular momentum of the stars decrease? ...
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Can weakness of gravity explore new dimensions

Since gravitational force is weakest force out of the four fundamental fources at the microscopic level. Is it possible that gravitational force is strong in a particular direction at a new ...
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Does the Planck scale imply that spacetime is discrete?

On a quantum scale the smallest unit is the Planck scale, which is a discrete measure. There several question that come to mind: Does that mean that particles can only live in a discrete grid-like ...
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Are there any QM effects where charged particles are not intimately involved?

Are there any QM effects that have been/could be measured from interactions involving non-charged particles? Elementary QM is all about the electron energy levels in the atom, photon - atom ...
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In a theory of quantum gravity, does the gravitational coupling “constant” actually depend on the scale of the systems involved in the interaction?

In the following I will give some arguments that will indicate that the gravitational coupling "constant" actually depends on the scale (space and time) of the interacting systems. The question is: ...
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Derivation of metric of space time with a point source in 2+1 dimension using ADM formalism

In "Quantum Gravity in 2+1 dimension" by S Carlip, Sec 3.1 (where the metric of a spacetime with a point source is derived, using the ADM formalism), equation 3.8 states that (this is the momentum ...
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The BICEP2 data are evidence of gravitational waves and of inflation. Are they also the first observation that requires quantum gravity?

It strikes me that the recent announcement of data from BICEP2 contains two really Big Deals: the first evidence of gravitational waves the first evidence of inflation. Is there also a third? ...
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What does BICEP2's results tell us about gravitation waves and quantum gravity?

The BICEP2 results, unless I am mistaken, are a measurement of CMB polarization, i.e. photon polarization. That is, taken at face value they say nothing about gravity directly. Now, we can start to ...
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Why quantising gravity necessarily give us gravitons?

Gravitons are supposed to be the quanta of gravitational field My question is, if we do not know how to quantize gravity yet, how do we know that quantizing it in principle should give us gravitons, ...
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How can Planck units be consistent with conflicting dimensions of mass?

I suspect I'm missing something obvious, but I'm coming up blank. I've gotten pretty comfortable with so-called natural units over the years: in doing quantum mechanics/QFT, it's common to set $c = ...
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Local degrees of freedom in QUGRA lead to black holes

I am reading Jan 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)-dim gravity to d-dim field theory “If true, it implies ...
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Why an infinitely measuring apparatus in gravity is not possible?

In the discussion of the amplituhedron paper (arXiv:1312.2007), there is the following discussion in paragraph 14.outlook (page 28): Quantum mechanics forces us to divide the world in two pieces - ...
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Is it possible that there is no theory of quantum gravity? [closed]

{{Under Construction}} Short question: What published works and what research groups are investigating the possibility of inexistance of gravity at quantum level? Long question: I am no ...
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What prediction led to the vacuum catastrophe?

The disagreement between predicted and measured energy density of the vacuum is one of the great unsolved problems of science. According to this book the predicted energy density was obtained as ...
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What do we learn from gravity in three spacetime dimensions?

The last decades there has been a lot of research going on in the the area of three dimensional gravity. The motivation, I understand, is threefold: Whereas gravity is not perturbatively ...
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what is 't Hooft up to? [closed]

apart of the 't Hooft diagrams that you all love (and find all sort of dualities starting with them) one of the venues 't Hooft works nowadays is apparently some sort of "deterministic representation ...
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Fundamental Constants in a theory of everything (TOE)

Do physicists ever expect to be able to derive the fundamental constants of nature from theory? For example, if string theory or some other theory unites the four forces, would the theory be ...
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Does the existence of dualities imply a more fundamental structure?

I was wondering if the existence of some kind of duality in physics always implies the existence of some underlying more fundamental structure/concept? Let me give a few example from history: ...
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Can an object be infinitely small?

I read somewhere that the earth has to be smaller than 1 cm to become a black hole, according to Schwarzschild. Since big bang came from a singularity, I am wondering, is there any minimum volume for ...
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Two small objects are placed at rest in an empty universe a great distance apart. Given an infinite amount of time will gravity cause them to meet? [closed]

Let's say the objects are marble size or even single atoms or quarks. They are placed in an otherwise empty universe(expanding or non-expanding) at opposite ends of the universe with an arbitrarily ...
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Is inflation deterministic?

In some theories inflation is supposed to be able to turn quantum fluctuations into macroscopic inhomogeneities. I don't understand how an isolated system such as the universe can undergo such a ...
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Superspace as the Hilbert Space for Quantum Gravity

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be the Ashtekar connection. Since $^{(3)}g_{AB}=i\frac{\delta}{\delta\mathcal{A}^{AB}}$ (see R. Penrose, 2004: Road to Reality. Vintage Books, 1136 pp.), the Ashtekar connection, in ...
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Can universal continuity be experimentally falsified?

It is an unresolved question whether the universe is discrete or continuous in its intricate quantum level structure. See for example: Is the universe finite and discrete? How could spacetime become ...