Detection of negative energy: 4-dimensional examples

Abstract

We study the response of switched particle detectors to static negative energy densities and negative energy fluxes. It is demonstrated how the switching leads to excitation even in the vacuum and how negative energy can lead to a suppression of this excitation. We obtain quantum inequalities on the detection similar to those obtained for the energy density by Ford and co-workers and in an ‘‘operational’’ context by Helfer. We reexamine the question ‘‘Is there a quantum equivalence principle?’’ in terms of our model. Finally, we briefly address the issue of negative energy and the second law of thermodynamics.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,569

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

  • Only published works are available at libraries.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
17 (#634,620)

6 months
2 (#278,199)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

A Primer on Energy Conditions.Erik Curiel - 2017 - In Dennis Lehmkuhl, Gregor Schiemann & Erhard Scholz (eds.), Towards a Theory of Spacetime Theories. Birkhäuser. pp. 43-104.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references