Does the Unruh effect exist?

An Erratum to this article was published on 01 November 1997


It is shown that quantization on the Fulling modes presupposes that the field vanishes on the spatial boundaries of the Rindler manifold. For this reason, Rindler space is physically unrelated with Minkowski space and the state of a Rindler observer cannot be described by the equilibrium density matrix with the Fulling-Unruh temperature. Therefore it is pointless to talk about an Unruh effect. The question of the behavior of an accelerated detector in the physical formulation of the problem remains open.

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Pis’ma Zh. Éksp. Teor. Fiz. 65, No. 12, 861–866 (25 June 1997)

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Belinskii, V.A., Karnakov, B.M., Mur, V.D. et al. Does the Unruh effect exist?. Jetp Lett. 65, 902–908 (1997).

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