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Emergence in Holographic Scenarios for Gravity

Dieks, Dennis and van Dongen, Jeroen and de Haro, Sebastian (2014) Emergence in Holographic Scenarios for Gravity. [Preprint]

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`Holographic' relations between theories have become an important theme in quantum gravity research. These relations entail that a theory without gravity is equivalent to a gravitational theory with an extra spatial dimension. The idea of holography was first proposed in 1993 by Gerard 't Hooft on the basis of his studies of evaporating black holes. Soon afterwards the holographic `AdS/CFT' duality was introduced, which since has been intensively studied in the string theory community and beyond. Recently, Erik Verlinde has proposed that even Newton's law of gravitation can be related holographically to the `thermodynamics of information' on screens. We discuss these scenarios, with special attention to the status of the holographic relation in them and to the question of whether they make gravity and spacetime emergent. We conclude that only Verlinde's scheme straightfowardly instantiates emergence. However, assuming a non-standard interpretation of AdS/CFT may create room for the emergence of spacetime and gravity there as well.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Dieks, Dennisd.dieks@uu.nl
van Dongen, Jeroenj.a.e.f.vandongen@uva.nl
de Haro, Sebastians.deharo@auc.nl
Keywords: Emergence, holography, gravity, string theory, duality
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr Sebastian De Haro
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 18:48
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2015 18:48
Item ID: 11271
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 9 April 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11271

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