Negative Temperature for Negative Lapse Function

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalJETP Letters
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Research units

  • Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics


Fermion dynamics distinguishes spacetimes having the same metric gμν, but different tetrads eμa, and in particular, it distinguishes a lapse with negative sign, N < 0 (M. Christodoulou, A. Riello, and C. Rovelli, Int. J. Mod. Phys. D 21, 1242014 (2012)). Here we show that the quasiequilibrium thermodynamic state may exist, in which the region with N < 0 has negative local temperature T (r) < 0, while the global Tolman temperature T0 remains positive. For bosons, only N2 matters. However, if bosons are composite, they may inherit the negative T (r) from the fermions, and thus they may distinguish the spacetimes with positive and negative lapse functions via thermodynamics.

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