On the Microscopical Structure of the Classical Spacetime
Abstract
Our purpose here is to introduce the idea of viewing the spacetime as a macroscopic complex system which, consequently, cannot be directly quantized. It should be thought of as a collection of more fundamental "microscopical" entities (atoms of geometry), much like a solid system, in which an atomic (classical) structure must be first recognized in order to ensure a correct and meaningful quantization procedure. In other words, we claim that the classical limit from a quantum theory of gravity could not give a four dimensional Einstein spacetime directly, but requiring {\it a further} macroscopical limit. This is analogous to a material medium, whose complete description does not come from any quantized field. We also discuss a possible realization of this hypothesis for black hole spacetimes.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 August 2004
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepth/0408151
 Bibcode:
 2004hep.th....8151B
 Keywords:

 High Energy Physics  Theory;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 This note contains the conceptual framework of the essay presented in the Gravity Research Foundation Competition, 2004