Between Quantum and Classical Gravity: Is There a Mesoscopic Spacetime?
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- Di Casola, E., Liberati, S. & Sonego, S. Found Phys (2015) 45: 171. doi:10.1007/s10701-014-9859-0
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Between the microscopic domain ruled by quantum gravity, and the macroscopic scales described by general relativity, there might be an intermediate, “mesoscopic” regime, where spacetime can still be approximately treated as a differentiable pseudo-Riemannian manifold, with small corrections of quantum gravitational origin. We argue that, unless one accepts to give up the relativity principle, either such a regime does not exist at all—hence, the quantum-to-classical transition is sharp—, or the only mesoscopic, tiny corrections conceivable are on the behaviour of physical fields, rather than on the geometric structures.