Emergence of time

Michael Heller , Wiesław Sasin

Abstract

In the groupoid approach [Heller et al., J. Math. Phys. 38 (1997) 5840] a gravitational system is quantized in terms of a noncommutative C∗-algebraA of complex valued functions on a groupoid G = E × Γ, where E is a suitable space and Γ a group of fundamental symmetries. In the noncommutative regime the concepts of space and time are meaningless. We study the “emergence of time” in the transition process from the noncommutative regime to the standard space-time geometry. Precise conditions are specified under which modular groups of the von Neumann algebra generated by the algebra A can be defined. These groups are interpreted as representing a state depending time flow of a quantum gravitational system. If the above conditions are further refined one obtains a state independent time flow. We show that the dynamics of the proposed model can be expressed in terms of modular groups.
Author Michael Heller
Michael Heller,,
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, Wiesław Sasin ZGR
Wiesław Sasin,,
- Department of Differential Geometry
Journal seriesPhysics Letters A, ISSN 0375-9601
Issue year1998
Vol250
No1–3
Pages48-54
Keywords in EnglishNoncommutative geometry, Quantum cosmology, Quantum gravity, Time
DOIDOI:10.1016/S0375-9601(98)00824-X
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S037596019800824X
Score (nominal)35
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2006 = 1.468 (2) - 2007=1.627 (5)
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