Renormalization of the energy-momentum tensor and the validity of the equivalence principle at finite temperature

John F. Donoghue, Barry R. Holstein, R. W. Robinett

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Abstract

Using the techniques of finite-temperature field theory we renormalize the electromagnetic and gravitational couplings of an electron which is immersed in a heat bath with Tme. By taking the nonrelativistic limit, we demonstrate that the inertial and gravitational masses are unequal. The implications for the equivalence principle are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2561-2572
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume30
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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