# Think Emergent -- what if we abandon the fundamentality of (quantum) gravity?

### APA

Chen, A. (2024). Think Emergent -- what if we abandon the fundamentality of (quantum) gravity?. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/24090151

### MLA

Chen, Angela. Think Emergent -- what if we abandon the fundamentality of (quantum) gravity?. Perimeter Institute, Sep. 10, 2024, https://pirsa.org/24090151

### BibTex

@misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:24090151, doi = {10.48660/24090151}, url = {https://pirsa.org/24090151}, author = {Chen, Angela}, keywords = {Cosmology}, language = {en}, title = {Think Emergent -- what if we abandon the fundamentality of (quantum) gravity?}, publisher = {Perimeter Institute}, year = {2024}, month = {sep}, note = {PIRSA:24090151 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}} }

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In this talk, I will present a published and an ongoing work in the direction of emergent gravity. The first is what I dubbed as the generalized Unruh effect, a mapping from arbitrary states in the Fock space of positive Minkowski (Kruskal) modes to Rindler (Schwarzschild) modes obtained by Bogoliubov transformation. The special case of vacuum state -- thermal bath mapping has been well known in the textbooks, the original Unruh effect. I will discuss the interesting physical implications of the generalized Unruh effect on the black hole information paradox. In the second part, I will give a novel conjecture of the dark energy when considering the spacetime as a 4d volume-conserved fluid. Einstein's equation with an always-positive metric term (Lambda, but not necessarily constant) can be interpreted as the differential version of this assumed conservation of 4d volume at linear order. The rich phenomenology of this theory will be discussed, including its solution to the anthropic problem of our currently dark-energy-dominated universe, and high-redshift over-evolved astrophysical objects that have been recently popping up in the JWST survey.