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Abstract

An explicit example of spontaneous symmetry breaking due to gravitational interaction is given. It is shown that, in the framework of quantum field theory in curved space-times, the "dragging of inertial frame" effects lead to a spontaneous symmetry breaking in the ultrarelativistic regime. This situation is compared with those that arise in other interactions. It is pointed out that spinning-up of relativistic configurations is analogous to cooling-down of systems in solid state physics-especially in magnetism-and in high-energy physics. This analogy may turn out to be significant in the investigation of thermodynamical properties of the gravitational field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalGeneral Relativity and Gravitation
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

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broken symmetry
solid state physics
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cooling
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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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In: General Relativity and Gravitation, Vol. 9, No. 1, 01.01.1978, p. 3-7.

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