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The Universe as a Process of Unique Events

Research paper by Marina Cortês, Lee Smolin

Indexed on: 25 Nov '15Published on: 25 Nov '15Published in: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology



Abstract

We describe a new class of models of quantum space-time based on energetic causal sets and show that under natural conditions space-time emerges from them. These are causal sets whose causal links are labelled by energy and momentum and conservation laws are applied at events. The models are motivated by principles we propose govern microscopic physics which posit a fundamental irreversibility of time. One consequence is that each event in the history of the universe has a distinct causal relationship to the rest; this requires a novel form of dynamics which an be applied to uniquely distinctive events. We hence introduce a new kind of deterministic dynamics for a causal set in which new events are generated from pairs of progenitor events by a rule which is based on extremizing the distinctions between causal past sets of events. This dynamics is asymmetric in time, but we find evidence from numerical simulations of a 1+1 dimensional model, that an effective dynamics emerges which restores approximate time reversal symmetry. Energetic causal set models differ from other spacetime-free causal set approaches, e.g. Ref. [1] proposed causal sets based on quantum information processing systems, and Ref. [2] proposed causal sets constructed out of standard model particles. Finally we also present a natural twistorial representation of energetic causal sets.