TY - JOUR

T1 - Preferred instantaneous vacuum for linear scalar fields in cosmological space-times

AU - Agullo, Ivan

AU - Nelson, William

AU - Ashtekar, Abhay

N1 - Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 American Physical Society.

PY - 2015/3/23

Y1 - 2015/3/23

N2 - We discuss the problem of defining a preferred vacuum state at a given time for a quantized scalar field in Friedmann, Lemaître, Robertson, Walker space-time. Among the infinitely many homogeneous, isotropic vacua available in the theory, we show that there exists at most one for which every Fourier mode makes a vanishing contribution to the adiabatically renormalized energy-momentum tensor at any given instant. For massive fields such a state exists in the most commonly used backgrounds in cosmology and, within the adiabatic regularization scheme, provides a natural candidate for the "ground state" at that instant of time. The extension to the massless and the conformally coupled case are also discussed.

AB - We discuss the problem of defining a preferred vacuum state at a given time for a quantized scalar field in Friedmann, Lemaître, Robertson, Walker space-time. Among the infinitely many homogeneous, isotropic vacua available in the theory, we show that there exists at most one for which every Fourier mode makes a vanishing contribution to the adiabatically renormalized energy-momentum tensor at any given instant. For massive fields such a state exists in the most commonly used backgrounds in cosmology and, within the adiabatic regularization scheme, provides a natural candidate for the "ground state" at that instant of time. The extension to the massless and the conformally coupled case are also discussed.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevD.91.064051

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevD.91.064051

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84927617829

SN - 1550-7998

VL - 91

JO - Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology

JF - Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology

IS - 6

M1 - 064051

ER -