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Garay Elizondo, Luis Javier and García Bellido, Juan (1993) Jordan–Brans–Dicke quantum wormholes and Coleman’s mechanism. Nuclear physics B, 400 (1-mar). pp. 416-434. ISSN 0550-3213

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0550-3213(93)90411-H




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We consider the quantum gravity and cosmology of a Jordan-Brans-Dicke theory, predicted by string effective actions. We study its canonical formalism and find that the constraint algebra is that of general relativity, as a consequence of the general covariance of scalar-tensor theories. We also analyze the problem of boundary conditions and propose that they must be imposed in the Jordan frame, in which particles satisfy the strong equivalence principle. Specifically, we discuss both Hartle-Hawking and wormhole boundary conditions in the context of quantum cosmology. We find quantum wormhole solutions for Jordan-Brans-Dicke gravity even in the absence of matter. Wormholes may affect the constants of nature and, in particular, the Brans-Dicke parameter. Following Coleman's mechanism, we find a probability distribution which is strongly peaked at zero cosmological constant and infinite Brans-Dicke parameter. That is, we recover general relativity as the effective low energy theory of gravity.


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© Elsevier.
We would like to thank Pedro González–Díaz, Guillermo Mena Marugán and Mariano Quirós for a careful reading of the manuscript and valuable discussions. We also thank Andrei Linde for clarifying our conclusions on extended inflation.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Extended inflation; Baby universes; Spacetime diffeomorphisms; Cosmological constant; String theory; Gravity; Field; Representations; Flatness; Horizon
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Physics-Mathematical models
Sciences > Physics > Mathematical physics
ID Code:30115
Deposited On:18 May 2015 14:32
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:10

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