Lorentz symmetry: Broken, intact or deformed?
APA
Sorkin, R., Hossenfelder, S., Mattingly, D., Afshordi, N., Sudarsky, D., Liberati, S., ... (2012). Lorentz symmetry: Broken, intact or deformed?. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/12100108
MLA
Sorkin, Rafael, et al. Lorentz symmetry: Broken, intact or deformed?. Perimeter Institute, Oct. 24, 2012, https://pirsa.org/12100108
BibTex
@misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:12100108, doi = {10.48660/12100108}, url = {https://pirsa.org/12100108}, author = {Sorkin, Rafael and Hossenfelder, Sabine and Mattingly, David and Afshordi, Niayesh and Sudarsky, Daniel and Liberati, Stefano and Magueijo, Joao}, keywords = {Quantum Gravity}, language = {en}, title = {Lorentz symmetry: Broken, intact or deformed?}, publisher = {Perimeter Institute}, year = {2012}, month = {oct}, note = {PIRSA:12100108 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}} }

Rafael Sorkin Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Sabine Hossenfelder Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)

David Mattingly University of New Hampshire

Niayesh Afshordi University of Waterloo

Daniel Sudarsky Universidad Nacional Autónoma De Mexico (UNAM)

Stefano Liberati SISSA International School for Advanced Studies

Joao Magueijo Imperial College London
Abstract
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If spacetime is a causal set then Lorentz symmetry is unbroken
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