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

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Using open system dynamics to define a quantum state

Background The density matrix of a closed quantum system with Hilbert space $\mathscr H$ evolves according to the von Neumann equation \begin{align*} i\hbar\dot\rho=[H,\rho]. \end{align*} Given a ...
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What is quantum foam?

Can someone please explain me what quantum foam is? Is it the space-time fabric or just any other field? Also please explain this image
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Could there be a “massive gravity” theory?

If we talk about a "quantum theory" of General Relativity, we know that the particle that mediates the gravitational force would be the so called Graviton, a massless particle with spin $2$. I ...
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Has anyone explored a possible duality between quantum gravity and statistical mechanics?

There is a well known duality between quantum mechanics in D dimensions and classical statistical mechanics in D+1 dimensions. Specifically, the Euclidean version of the path integral in D dimensions ...
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How does time get on our clocks? [on hold]

I am referring to the theories of timelessness of the universe. I would like to know if these theories have an explanation how finally something can be read on our clocks which is strongly resembling ...
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A doubt regarding Black Hole Complementarity

A friend was explaining Black Hole Complementarity to me, and at one point he said that to get a (horrendously) mixed quantum state, i.e. a thermal density matrix without a heat bath, one takes a ...
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Scale invariance

Physically why should scale invariance break down at the Planck limit? If not what are the other possibilities to save the quantum granularity of spacetime? I would really appreciate professional ...
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A spin zero graviton?

Why can the graviton not be a spin 0 particle? On a similar note why can it not be a spin 4, spin 6 particle?
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Is Space-Time Quantisation necessary or even meaningful?

It is believed among people working on Quantum Gravity, that space-time must be quantised at the Planck scale. Although it is very hard to verify such proposition, it is interesting from a ...
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Physical Significance of the Planck Density

The Planck density is the Planck mass devided by the Planck volume, approximately 1093 g/cm3. Does this quantity have any known physical relevance? The Planck mass is believed to be the smallest ...
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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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Entropy of the cosmological constant and the laws of thermodynamics?

Convention The convention being used is: $ A_{C} = $ The classical variable Premise Consider the following toy-model universe: A universe with a positive cosmological constant. Basic ...
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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 ...
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Why is graviton not found yet? [duplicate]

Why is graviton not found yet? Newton said gravity pulls us, Einstein said space is bent and it pushes us, hawking predicts the existence of graviton and 'hawking radiation'. How far are we from ...
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What´s the physical foundation of the assumption that the curvature of spacetime can be quantised? [duplicate]

At the moment different paths (by percentual very few people in the world) are taken to arrive (that is, if an arrival exists) at a theory that can quantise the curvature of spacetime. Considering the ...
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The integration of Einstein's equations [closed]

Einstein's equation is $$G_{\mu\nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu\nu} = {8 \pi G \over c^4} T_{\mu\nu}$$ where $G_{\mu\nu} = R_{\mu\nu} - (1/2)g_{\mu\nu}\,R$ is the Einstein tensor, which combines the Ricci ...
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Beyond gravitational waves- what now? [duplicate]

Now that the existence of gravitational waves has been established, what is the position regarding the incompatibility of general relativity and quantum mechanics in the creation of matter? Has this ...
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Is viscosity excluded by Lorentz symmetry in spatio-temporal discreteness?

"In the case of spatio-temporal discreteness, viscosity is excluded by Lorentz symmetry". This statement is from here. Can anyone explain why this is the case? I'm looking for an intuitive way to ...
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Please justify invoking logical positivism to causal patches and black hole interiors in quantum gravity! [closed]

Logical positivism is often invoked to explain why external observers can't talk about black hole interiors, or why we can't talk about what happens outside our causal patch in inflationary models. ...
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Why are string theorist so indifferent to the gauge structure of gravity? [closed]

Gravity shares many of the characteristics of Yang-Mills gauge theory. For example, the affine connection plays the similar role as the gauge potential in gauge theory, the Riemann tensor plays the ...
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Uncertainty relation and quantum gravity

Suppose a quantum version of gravity exists (which I don´t think). What will be the quantities in the uncertainty relation connected with this quantum gravity? Some time ago I sent a letter to Lee ...
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What does the universe look like at the Planck length (in a drawing)?

What is an informative drawing of the universe at the Planck length, to get a deeper sense of the meaning of it? For example, you see stuff like this: But that confuses you because there is no ...
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What is the problem with quantizing GR in the Effective Field Theory approach?

In the modern view due to Wilson, the cut-off $\Lambda$ is an intrinsic property of a theory and renormalization just means that the theory is invariant under scale transformations below $\Lambda$. ...
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Singularity - exactly what is it?

In quantum mechanics and gravity theories one always meets the word "singularity" in connection with talks about black holes and the big bang, etc. Now in mathematics a singularity is well defined – ...
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If gravitons are 'real' and analogous to photons are they also being 'stretched' by the universe's expansion?

Since photon wavelengths are stretched by our expanding universe, appearing to us as a redshift, would graviton wavelengths similarly be stretched? For that matter, do gravitons even have a ...
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Can gravity prevent quantum superposition of positions for a massive object?

Theoretically, nothing prevents a really massive object to be in a superposition of two spatial locations, even far away one from the other. Then I guess spacetime would also show the superposition of ...
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Why is quantising gravity so difficult? [duplicate]

Since gravity is so similar with the Yang-Mills theory, the Christoffel connection is the gauge potential, the Riemann curvature is the field strength, then why is quantising gravity so difficult when ...
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Heisenberg's uncertainty principle at the Planck scale

A particle of mass has a reduced Compton wavelength $$\overline{\lambda}_{C} = \frac {\lambda_{C}}{2 \pi} = \frac {\hbar}{m c}$$ Schwarzschild radius of the particle is $$r_s = ...
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Does the existence (now proved) of gravitational waves imply the existence of Gravitons?

I studied the theoretical part about the Gravitational waves in General Relativity (linearization of gravity and small perturbations of the metric and so on). But I was wondering about: since ...
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How do people go about looking for asymptotic safety in quantum gravity?

Do we have (proposed?) methods to look for fixed points in the renormlaization group flow of the Einstein-Hilbert action? My understanding of the RG is still somewhat sketchy at this point and I am ...
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How do we choose how to discretise spacetime in loop quantum gravity?

In LQG we choose a two-complex (or other) on which to discretise GR before quantising. I'm a little uncertain about the nature of this choice. Is the two-complex an a priori property of the universe ...
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What is the justification for continuing to model space-time as a manifold in string theory?

Background The question I have arises from taking seriously the idea that, in a physical theory, one should first define all physical quantities via (thought) experiment. Justification and ...
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Quantum Gravity vs. Quantum Field Theory in Curved Space-time [closed]

I'm a freshman on Physics course, espite of this fact I have a quite interest on Gravitation. My question is: What is the difference between Quantum Gravity and QFT in curved space-time? The great ...
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Wave function of the universe - universes similar to ours [closed]

According to this image, the first peak in the graph corresponds to our universe while the other peaks correspond to other, less probable universes. But what do points slightly right (or left, ...
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Do any quantum gravity theories deal with closed timelike curves?

As far as I'm aware, there are no quantum gravity theories that deal directly with closed timelike curves. Some of them (like canonical quantum gravity, causal dynamical triangulation and loop quantum ...
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Can anyone explain to a novice physicist whether there is a gravitational-electromagnetic symmetry?

I am trying to understand how the four fundamental forces relate to one another and to a theory of everything. As I understand it the unified force that is thought to exist at very high energies gets ...
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Is there a path to go from GR, to Gravitational Waves, to Gravitational Particles (Gravitons), to Quantum Gravity?

The articles on the subject often say : a part of the mass of the 2 celestial bodies became energy for gravitational waves after merging : E(gravity waves) = (M1 + M2 - M_merged).c^2 Intuitively I ...
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Give a description of Loop Quantum Gravity your grandmother could understand

Of course, assuming your grandmother is not a theoretical physicist. I'd like to hear the basics concepts that make LQG tick and the way it relates to the GR. I heard about spin-networks where one ...
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Why do black holes need a quantum mechanical description?

I read about black holes, about the Schwarzschild metric, Einstein field equations and their solution in the vacuum for a spherical body. I understood black holes are object whose gravity is ...
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Why should the modes of the linearized metric perturbation be “wavefunctions” of gravitons (in the Randall-Sundrum model)?

In "An Alternative to Compactification" by Randall and Sundrum, they discuss the localization of "graviton modes" around the Planck brane in the Randall-Sundrum model where we have a compact fifth ...
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Can light escape a black hole? [duplicate]

I heard that a black hole is not black because it's escape velocity is greater than or equals to the speed of light. But instead it is black because the light that gets emitted from a black hole gets ...
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Why doesn't gravity fit into quantum theory?

Before you read, I want to point out that I probably don't know nearly as much as you guys about quantum theory, even though I love learning about it, so I would prefer explanations in relatively ...
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Prospects for detection of gravitons?

With the announcement of the detection of gravitational waves, questions about the implications proliferate. Some relate to the possible existence of gravitons. The analogous relationship between ...
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Evidence for quantum gravity from gravitational waves

The rumor spreads that physicists will make their big gravitational wave announcement this thursday. I am far from being an experimentalist, but I want to know if there is any chance that the ...
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If photons have a wave particle duality would gravitons have a wave particle duality? [duplicate]

If electromagnetic waves are the same as photons would gravitational waves be the same as gravitons?
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Would the presence of B-modes in the CMB provide evidence for quantum gravity?

Finding B-modes in the CMB (which aren't due to foreground contamination) would be evidence for gravitational waves, because they cannot be produced by density perturbations (to first order, is my ...
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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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Are gravitons affected by the force of gravity? [closed]

1) Every particle, including photons, is affected by gravity. Would this be true for gravitons as well? 2) Gravitons should always move at the speed of light, so, if photons are red-shifted while ...
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Does wave-particle duality exist for gravitational waves?

For electromagnetic waves there exists a wave/particle duality: light sometimes behaves as a wave, and other times as a particle (photons). Does such a duality exist for gravitational waves? In other ...