Quasiclassical model of inhomogeneous cosmology

Martin Bojowald, Freddy Hancock

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Abstract

Fluctuation terms and higher moments of a quantum state imply corrections to the classical equations of motion that may have implications in early-Universe cosmology, for instance in the state-dependent form of effective potentials. In addition, space-time properties are relevant in cosmology, in particular when combined with quantum corrections required to maintain general covariance in a consistent way. Here, an extension of previous investigations of static quasiclassical space-time models to dynamical ones is presented, describing the evolution of one-dimensional space as in the classical Lemaitre-Tolman-Bondi models. The corresponding spatial metric has two independent components, both of which are in general subject to quantum fluctuations. The main result is that individual moments from both components are indeed required for general covariance to be maintained at a semiclassical level, while quantum correlations between the components are less relevant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number155012
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Volume40
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 3 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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