Quantum clock: A critical discussion on spacetime

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Abstract

We critically discuss the measure of very short time intervals. By means of a Gedankenexperiment, we describe an ideal clock based on the occurrence of completely random events. Many previous thought experiments have suggested fundamental Planck-scale limits on measurements of distance and time. Here we present a new type of thought experiment, based on a different type of clock, that provide further support for the existence of such limits. We show that the minimum time interval Δ t that this clock can measure scales as the inverse of its size Δ r. This implies an uncertainty relation between space and time: Δ r Δ t > G ℏ / c4, where G, ℏ, and c are the gravitational constant, the reduced Planck constant, and the speed of light, respectively. We outline and briefly discuss the implications of this uncertainty conjecture.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine5
RivistaPHYSICAL REVIEW D.
Volume93
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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