The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
The singularity theorems of classical general relativity are briefly reviewed. The extent to which their conclusions might still apply when quantum theory is taken into account is discussed. There are two distinct quantum loopholes: quantum violation of the classical energy conditions, and the presence of quantum fluctuations of the spacetime geometry. The possible significance of each is discussed.
- Pub Date:
- January 2003
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
- 9 pages, talk given at the 7th Peyresq Workshop, June 2002