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Are Entropy Bounds Epistemic?

Adlam, Emily (2023) Are Entropy Bounds Epistemic? [Preprint]

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Entropy bounds have played an important role in the development of holography as an approach to quantum gravity, so in this article we seek to gain a better understanding of the covariant entropy bound. We observe that there is a possible way of thinking about the covariant entropy bound which would suggest that it encodes an epistemic limitation rather than an objective count of the true number of degrees of freedom on a light-sheet; thus we distinguish between ontological and epistemic interpretations of the covariant bound. We consider the consequences that these interpretations might have for physics and we discuss what each approach has to say about gravitational phenomena. Our aim is not to advocate for either the ontological or epistemic approach in particular, but rather to articulate both possibilities clearly and explore some arguments for and against them.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: entropy; holography; gravity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Depositing User: Dr Emily Adlam
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2023 13:21
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 13:21
Item ID: 21893
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Date: 19 March 2023

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