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Special Issue "The Physics of Time Travel"
A special issue of Universe (ISSN 2218-1997). This special issue belongs to the section "Gravitation".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2023 | Viewed by 3048
Special Issue Editors
Interests: high-energy physics; general relativity; quantum field theory; special and general relativity; quantum physics; cosmology; gravitational physics; fundamental physics; quantum cosmology; black holes; wormholes; universe; multiverse; thermodynamics; relativistic quantum information; philosophy of science
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Special Issue Information
The concept of time travel has been a staple of science fiction for some 125 years. Likewise, in physics, notions of non-trivial causal structure were already implicit in special relativity and general relativity, developed some 115 and 105 years ago, respectively. They became much more explicit with Gödel's cosmology of 1949 and the much more recent 1988 introduction of traversable wormholes.
Since then, a significant body of scientific literature has developed concerning our understanding of possible violations of causality in relativity. These ideas have also been easily carried over into other fields of physics, and discussions of possible causality violations can now be found in quantum theory, modified theories of gravity, particle physics, cosmology, and many other arenas. In addition to the thought-provoking concept of time travel itself, understanding its underlying physics will have deep implications for our current theories of nature.
This Special Issue of Universe is dedicated to exploring and carefully analyzing such unusual causal structures, including those in general relativity and in its various modifications, but also in quantum physics (with or without relativistic considerations). Our aim is to summarize extant frameworks, document the state of the art, chart its challenges, and stimulate discussions.
We plan for this Special Issue to cover a wide variety of topics, focusing on fundamental discussions on the viability of various models. Possible themes will include arguments for and against Hawking's chronology protection conjecture, the formulation of causal hierarchies in both standard and modified general relativity (such as rainbow gravity and Hořava-like gravity), quantum field theory in the presence of time machines, quantum information concerns, the collapse of the wave function in quantum physics, and whether Feynman's “sum over histories” approach should or should not include histories containing closed timelike curves.
We aim to collect articles from this wide range of frameworks—everything from classical general relativity to semi-classical gravity, traversable wormholes, and quantum gravity, leaving open the possibility of pure quantum discussions that make no specific commitment to spacetime paradigms. We also aim to build bridges to relativistic quantum information, as well as have philosophers of science add their perspectives and insights. This will provide the community with a complete picture of the foundational, phenomenological, and mathematical implications that the many demands and challenges of time travel place on physics.
Dr. Ana Alonso-Serrano
Prof. Dr. Matt Visser
Dr. Jessica Santiago
Dr. Sebastian Schuster
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- time travel
- chronology protection
- closed causal curves
- inconsistent histories
- quantum signalling
- quantum ontology
- warp drives
- faster than light