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How to avoid singularities in AS Gravity? Find non perturbative inflation!

  1. Aug 18, 2010 #1


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    "To pursue our analysis further, we must determine more carefully the relationship between the renormalization scale µ and the density ρ. One appealing choice, advocated by Weinberg in his analysis of inflation in asymptotically safe gravity [3], is to take the renormalization group mass scale µ to be

    µ ∼ [G(µ) ρ]^1/2 (3.8)

    which has the appearance of the inverse of a “gravitational length” related to the energy density ρ andis equivalent to taking µ to be the inverse of the timescale over which the scale factor a(τ) changes."

    One should treat G in a non perturbative way to avoid singularity.

    So, it is like inflation counters a singularity, when gravitational collapse is treated non perturbatively
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    Think your confused here a little. Inflation and gravitational collapse are two different physical phenomena. Here what they want to do is relate the RG scale [tex]\mu[/tex] to the density [tex]\rho[/tex] so they use the same relation Weinberg does in his paper(and has been used in other papers).

    They then find that this doesn't remove the singularity and conclude that they need a different equation [tex]G(\mu)[/tex] in eq 3.5.
    They don't however ask whether 3.8 is right or wrong (though it may be a logical choice)

    Anyway by their own definition they don't have a non-perturbative formulation that removes the singularity.
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    Yes, sure, they are different phenomena. And yes, I was a bit confused... Hmm, I guess this is because I read the paper on a smartphone with a very small screen....
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    Smartphones are not asymptotically safe.
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    I wonder why didn't they put the mass renormalization scale depending on the cosmological constant.
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    The whole FRGE method yields a parameter space which depends on 2 parameters, G and /\, with a UV point to where infinite coupling constants of gravity flow to. u is related to /\, and p to G. Notice that eq. 3.8, unless for constant G, is a non linear equation, whose approximate solutions should just work around the vicinity of parameters, yet the authors try to find a relation that should relate u and p through out the whole space.

    They shouldn`t conclude that they do not have a non-perturbative formulation, because 3.9 is an example of one. The problem it is that they try to find one for the whole parameter space, which it will never work.
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