Can Topology and Geometry be Measured by an Operator Measurement in Quantum Gravity?

Can Topology and Geometry be Measured by an Operator Measurement in Quantum Gravity? In the context of Lin-Lunin-Maldacena geometries, we show that superpositions of classical coherent states of trivial topology can give rise to new classical limits where the topology of spacetime has changed. We argue that this phenomenon implies that neither the topology nor the geometry of spacetime can be the result of an operator measurement. We address how to reconcile these statements with the usual semiclassical analysis of low energy effective field theory for gravity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physical Review Letters American Physical Society (APS)

Can Topology and Geometry be Measured by an Operator Measurement in Quantum Gravity?

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Can Topology and Geometry be Measured by an Operator Measurement in Quantum Gravity?

Abstract

In the context of Lin-Lunin-Maldacena geometries, we show that superpositions of classical coherent states of trivial topology can give rise to new classical limits where the topology of spacetime has changed. We argue that this phenomenon implies that neither the topology nor the geometry of spacetime can be the result of an operator measurement. We address how to reconcile these statements with the usual semiclassical analysis of low energy effective field theory for gravity.
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The American Physical Society
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Copyright © © 2017 American Physical Society
ISSN
0031-9007
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1079-7114
D.O.I.
10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.261601
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Abstract

In the context of Lin-Lunin-Maldacena geometries, we show that superpositions of classical coherent states of trivial topology can give rise to new classical limits where the topology of spacetime has changed. We argue that this phenomenon implies that neither the topology nor the geometry of spacetime can be the result of an operator measurement. We address how to reconcile these statements with the usual semiclassical analysis of low energy effective field theory for gravity.

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Physical Review LettersAmerican Physical Society (APS)

Published: Jun 30, 2017

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