Volume 142, Number 5, June 2023
|Number of page(s)
|Gravitation, cosmology and astrophysics
|30 May 2023
Emergent dynamics of spacetime and matter from a topological phase
School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland
(a) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (corresponding author)
Received: 7 February 2023
Accepted: 16 May 2023
Here, we present a new theoretical scenario in which both dynamical Dirac fermions and Einstein's gravity with a positive cosmological constant and torsion emerge via a spontaneous symmetry breaking in a topological phase. This phase does not contain any local propagating degrees of freedom and is described by a metric-independent fermionic gauge theory, which is invariant under the de Sitter group. After breaking this group to its Lorentz subgroup through a dynamical Higgs mechanism, we show that fermions become dynamical and massive while the dynamics of the locally Lorentz-invariant spacetime can be induced via the condensation of the spinor field. Within our theory, both the Dirac mass and the Newton constant of gravitation naturally emerge through well-known physical mechanisms.
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