AN ENTROPIC PICTURE OF EMERGENT QUANTUM MECHANICS

Autores UPV
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Revista INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOMETRIC METHODS IN MODERN PHYSICS

Abstract

Quantum mechanics emerges à la Verlinde from a foliation of 3 by holographic screens, when regarding the latter as entropy reservoirs that a particle can exchange entropy with. This entropy is quantized in units of Boltzmann's constant k B. The holographic screens can be treated thermodynamically as stretched membranes. On that side of a holographic screen where spacetime has already emerged, the energy representation of thermodynamics gives rise to the usual quantum mechanics. A knowledge of the different surface densities of entropy flow across all screens is equivalent to a knowledge of the quantum-mechanical wavefunction on 3. The entropy representation of thermodynamics, as applied to a screen, can be used to describe quantum mechanics in the absence of spacetime, that is, quantum mechanics beyond a holographic screen, where spacetime has not yet emerged. Our approach can be regarded as a formal derivation of Planck's constant ¿ from Boltzmann's constant k B. © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Company.