Covariant relativistic dynamics and the concept of time

D. M. Ludwin, L. P. Horwitz

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Abstract

The role of time has changed conceptually moving from classical Newtonian physics to general relativity and is one of the main obstacles avoiding a clear unification between a covariant quantum mechanics theory and a theory of gravity. In quantum mechanics as in Newtonian physics, time is an evolutional causal parameter, while in general relativity, time has become a spatial axis where matter is spread over the whole world line (an unlocalized 4D wave function), and the 4D picture became a static picture where our empirical experience of dynamics is merely an illusion of our minds. Understanding that Newtonian time still exists in parallel to the 4D world, raises the possibility to describe gravity within a manifestly covariant quantum theory. The examples of the use of such a theory raise the possibility of a clear interpretation of recent interference in time experiments, and also raise new physics when dealing with a curved spacetime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1681-1696
Number of pages16
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Volume26
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Relativistic quantum theory
  • enhancement at horizon
  • localizability
  • quantum physics of the black hole
  • quantum theory in general relativity

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