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Required backround for quantum cosmology

  1. Mar 3, 2015 #1
    Hello every body. I want to learn about quantum cosmology but I always find lot of difficulties :confused:. I have a very usual background :frown: on Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity. What are the required specific topics of QM or GR that i should learn before I can learn about Quantum Cosmology. I think it will be a great idea if you suggest me some books or lecture notes..that can help me .
    thanks for everybody :biggrin:.
     
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  3. Mar 3, 2015 #2

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  4. Mar 3, 2015 #3
    Thanks ChrisVer. I am now looking at this article. What I have meant is the prerequisite background to make Quantum Cosmology more understandable.
     
  5. Mar 3, 2015 #4

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    Just by this question, I would say: "Quantum field theory" at least for scalar fields, and "Cosmology" (A certain branch of General Relativity)...
    Then it depends from which point of view you are approaching quantum cosmology. For example string theory and supergravity can come in the play at some point.
     
  6. Mar 3, 2015 #5

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    Quantum cosmology generally does not include inflation. houhou.trad, what topics are you interested in studying? Quantum creation of universes, multiverse, wavefunction of the universe, etc?
     
  7. Mar 3, 2015 #6

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  8. Mar 3, 2015 #7
    Thanks ChrisVer. This is a very helpful answer for me. I have some weakness in grasp of QFT. Perhaps that's why I have found problems. But about cosmology, all I know is from some introductory such as B. Ryden and M. Roos. Is this sufficient?
     
  9. Mar 3, 2015 #8
    Thanks Bapowell for the reply. I am perhaps interesting in Quantum creation of universes. I want to understand some papers that used Bohmian mechanics for Quantum Cosmology, but first, I have to read about Quantum Cosmology.
     
  10. Mar 3, 2015 #9

    Chalnoth

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    Loop Quantum Gravity is the theory which underlies most of the ideas that go under the heading, "Quantum Cosmology."
     
  11. Mar 4, 2015 #10

    Chronos

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    If you like extreme geometry/topology, you will love quantum cosmology.
     
  12. Mar 4, 2015 #11
    Do you mean quantum cosmology demand more geometry than that we find in usual G.R.?
     
  13. Mar 4, 2015 #12
    Let's say I am interested in the Quantum creation of universes. what is the main physical and mathematical tools I need to read and understand Quantum cosmology, assuming that I have some grasp of Q.M. and G.R.?
     
  14. Mar 4, 2015 #13

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    Not as long as you chose to disregard non-euclidean geometry.
     
  15. Mar 4, 2015 #14

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    GR and QFT are necessary, though I'm not sure if they're sufficient (I'm not an expert). The early papers on the subject centered around the study of instantons, which describe tunneling events. When applied to the universe as a whole, these instantons describe the quantum birth of so-called bubble universes. The tunneling event is a field theory problem, whereas the dynamics of the bubbles after nucleation is understood within the context of GR. Here is an early paper by Alex Vilenkin: http://www.gravityresearchfoundation.org/pdf/awarded/1983/vilenkin.pdf [Broken].

    He has several others but they are behind paywalls. Give that one a try and see what you think.
     
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  16. Mar 8, 2015 #15
    Take a look at lecture 4 of Intro to Quantum Gravity at the PIRSA site. It contains an overview of the mathematics and common notational conventions used in the course.
    The course in general is much heavier on differential geometry than quantum theory.
    http://pirsa.org/C06001
     
  17. Mar 8, 2015 #16
    spacejunkie, thank you for this reply :smile:. I think that it would be very helpful.
     
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