TCP, quantum gravity, the cosmological constant and all that...

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We study cosmology from the point of view of quantum gravity. Some light is thrown on the nature of time, and it is suggested that the cosmological arrow of time is generated by a spontaneous breakdown of TCP. Conventional cosmological models in which quantum fields interact with a time-dependent gravitational field are shown to describe an approximation to the quantum gravitational wave function which is valid in the long-wavelength limit. Two problems with initial conditions are resolved in models in which a negative bare cosmological constant is cancelled by the classical excitation of a Bose field η with a very flat potential. These models can also give a natural explanation for the observed value of the cosmological constant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-360
Number of pages29
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 21 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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