T Violation and the Unidirectionality of Time

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Title T Violation and the Unidirectionality of Time
Author Vaccaro, Joan
Journal Name Foundations of Physics
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Abstract An increasing number of experiments at the Belle, BNL, CERN, DAΦNE and SLAC accelerators are confirming the violation of time reversal invariance (T). The violation signifies a fundamental asymmetry between the past and future and calls for a major shift in the way we think about time. Here we show that processes which violate T symmetry induce destructive interference between different paths that the universe can take through time. The interference eliminates all paths except for two that represent continuously forwards and continuously backwards time evolution. Evidence from the accelerator experiments indicates which path the universe is effectively following. This work may provide fresh insight into the long-standing problem of modeling the dynamics of T violation processes. It suggests that T violation has previously unknown, large-scale physical effects and that these effects underlie the origin of the unidirectionality of time. It may have implications for the Wheeler-DeWitt equation of canonical quantum gravity. Finally it provides a view of the quantum nature of time itself.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10701-011-9568-x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Springer Netherlands. This is an electronic version of an article published in Foundations of Physics, October 2011, Volume 41, Issue 10, pp 1569-1596. Foundations of Physics is available online at: http://link.springer.com// with the open URL of your article.
Volume 41
Issue Number 10
Page from 1569
Page to 1596
ISSN 1572-9516
Date Accessioned 2012-03-02
Date Available 2013-05-30T04:50:35Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Quantum Dynamics
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy; Quantum Physics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43462
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1e

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