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Comment on Coleman-DeLuccia Instantons

by Tom Banks, Bingnan Zhang

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As Contributors: Bingnan Zhang
Arxiv Link: (pdf)
Date accepted: 2021-11-09
Date submitted: 2021-10-05 04:28
Submitted by: Zhang, Bingnan
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Academic field: Physics
  • High-Energy Physics - Theory
Approach: Theoretical


We complete an old argument that causal diamonds in the crunching region of the Lorentzian continuation of a Coleman-Deluccia instanton for transitions out of de Sitter space have finite area, and provide quantum models consistent with the principle of detailed balance, which can mimic the instanton transition probabilities for the cases where this diamond is larger or smaller than the causal patch of de Sitter space. We review arguments that potentials which do not have a positive energy theorem when the lowest de Sitter minimum is shifted to zero, may not correspond to real models of quantum gravity.

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Publication decision taken: accept

Editorial decision: For Journal SciPost Physics: Publish
(status: Editorial decision fixed and (if required) accepted by authors)

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The works of Hartle, Hawking and Hertog are mentioned in the middle of the second page.

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