A bird's eye view of the first-order thermodynamics of scalar-tensor gravity

15 luglio 2024
Orario di inizio 
PovoZero - Via Sommarive 14, Povo (Trento)
Sala Fortuna TIFPA
Organizzato da: 
Dipartimento di Fisica
Comunità universitaria
Ingresso libero
Prof. Massimiliano Rinaldi
Segreteria del Dipartimento di Fisica
+39 0461 281504


Prof. Valerio Faraoni - Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Canada


The first-order thermodynamics of scalar-tensor gravity is an analogy between scalar-tensor gravity (including viable Horndeski) and dissipative fluids. Assuming the gradient of the gravitational scalar field to be timelike and future-oriented, the gravitational scalar field contributes to the field equations like a dissipative fluid which, surprisingly, obeys Eckart’s version of the Fourier law. Then, the convergence of modified gravity to General Relativity is analogous to the approach of this effective fluid to thermal equilibrium, but the situation is complicated by extra terms in the relevant equations. This formalism provides a notion of ``temperature of gravity'' and an explicit equation describing the approach to GR (or the departure from it). Three years into this study, we draw a bird’s eye view of this analogy and of its limitations and prospects.

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