Jul 5 – 10, 2021
Europe/Rome timezone

Thermodynamics of scalar-tensor gravity: a new approach

Jul 5, 2021, 6:00 PM
Invited talk in the parallel session Theories of gravity: alternatives to the cosmological and particle standard models Theories of Gravity: Alternatives to the Cosmological and Particle Standard Models


Prof. Valerio Faraoni (Bishop's University)


We propose a new approach to the thermodynamics of scalar-tensor gravity and its possible diffusion'' toward general relativity, previously regarded as an equilibrium state in spacetime thermodynamics. The main idea is describing scalar-tensor gravity as an effective dissipative fluid and applying Eckart’s first order thermodynamics to it. This gives explicit effective quantities: heat current density,temperature of gravity”, viscosity coefficients, entropy density, plus an equation describing the “diffusion” to Einstein gravity. These quantities, otherwise missing in spacetime thermodynamics, pop out with minimal assumptions.

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Prof. Valerio Faraoni (Bishop's University)

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