Bain, Jonathan (2007) Condensed Matter Physics and the Nature of Spacetime. In:  15th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics (Leeds, 29-31 March 2007).
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This essay considers the prospects of modeling spacetime as a phenomenon that emerges in the low-energy limit of a quantum liquid. It evaluates three examples of spacetime analogues in condensed matter systems that have appeared in the recent physics literature, and suggests how they might lend credence to an epistemological structural realist interpretation of spacetime that emphasizes topology over symmetry in the accompanying notion of structure.
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|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Keywords:||spacetime, condensed matter, effective field theory, emergence, structural realism|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter|
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
|Conferences and Volumes:|| 15th UK and European Meeting on the Foundations of Physics (Leeds, 29-31 March 2007)|
|Depositing User:||Jonathan Bain|
|Date Deposited:||25 Jan 2007|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:14|
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