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Ted Jacobson got honorable mention with this one

http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.6349

Gravitation and vacuum entanglement entropy

Ted Jacobson

(Submitted on 28 Apr 2012)

The vacuum of quantum fields contains correlated fluctuations. When restricted to one side of a surface these have a huge entropy of entanglement that scales with the surface area. If UV physics renders this entropy finite, then a thermodynamic argument implies the existence of gravity. That is,the causal structure of spacetime must be dynamical and governed by the Einstein equationwith Newton's constant inversely proportional to the entropy density. Conversely, the existence of gravity makes the entanglement entropy finite. This thermodynamic reasoning is powerful despite the lack of a detailed description of the dynamics at the cutoff scale, but it has its limitations. In particular, we should not expect to understand corrections to Einstein gravity in this way.

Comments: 9 pages; Essay written for the Gravity Research Foundation 2012 Awards for Essays on Gravitation

Rovelli teamed up with Aldo Riello and Marios Christodoulou to write an essay that also won honorable mention.

How to Measure an Anti-Spacetimeby Marios Christodoulou, Aldo Riello, Carlo Rovelli, Centre de Physique Théorique, Case 907, Luminy, F-13288 Marseille, EU;

Abstract – Can a spacetime region with a negative lapse function be detected, in principle? Fermions do not couple to the metric field and require a tetrad field: we show that this implies that a fermion interference effect could detect a negative lapse region,distinguishing “forward evolving” from “backward evolving” spacetimeshaving a gravitational field described by the same metric.

Bill Stuckey, Tim McDevitt, and Mike Silberstein won hon. mention with their essay.

Explaining the Supernova Data without Accelerating Expansion– by W.M.Stuckey1, T.J.McDevitt,2 and M.Silberstein3,

Abstract – The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae”. However, it is not the case that the type 1a supernova data necessitates accelerating expansion. Since we do not have a successful theory of quantum gravity, we should not assume general relativity (GR) will survive unification intact, especially on cosmological scales where tests are scarce. We provide a simple example of how GR cosmology may be modified to produce a decelerating Einstein-de Sitter cosmology model (EdS) that accounts for the Union2 Compilation data as well as the accelerating ΛCDM (EdS plus a cosmological constant).

Ben Crowell did with his too:

Tricritical Quantum Point and Inflationary Cosmologyby Lawrence B. Crowell, Alpha Institute of Advanced Study 10600 Cibola Lp 311 NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 and 11 Rutafa Street, H-1165 Budapest, Hungary; e-mail: lcrowellATswcpDOTcom

Abstract – The holographic protection due to inflationary cosmology is a consequence of a quantum tricritical point. In this scenario, a closed spacetime solution transitions into an inflationary de Sitter spacetime. The saturation of the holographic entropy bound is prevented by the phase structure of the system which changes the topology of the early universe.

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