Local quasiequivalence and adiabatic vacuum states

  • Lüders C
  • Roberts J
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Abstract

The problem of determining the physically relevant states acquires a new dimension in curved spacetime where there is, in general, no natural definition of a vacuum state. It is argued that there is a unique local quasiequivalence class of physically relevant states and it is shown how this class can be specified for the free Klein-Gordon field on a Robertson-Walker spacetime by using the concept of an adiabatic vacuum state. Any two adiabatic vacuum states of order two are locally quasiequivalent.

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Authors

  • Christian Lüders

  • John E. Roberts

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