Broken Symmetry and the Accelerated Observer

  • Christopher T. Hill


Spontaneous symmetry breaking affords an interesting probe of the phenomenon of “acceleration radiation” in general relativistic quantum field theory and raises a peculiar paradox. Accelerated observers infer the presence of particles in the vacuum in a thermal distribution with a temperature proportional to the proper acceleration. Nonetheless, by ever increasing the temperature (acceleration) a broken symmetry cannot be restored without violating general covariance. How does the accelerated observer interpret this outcome dynamically?


Casimir Effect Minkowski Vacuum Accelerate Observer Double Wedge Proper Acceleration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher T. Hill
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  1. 1.Fermi National Accelerator LaboratoryBataviaUSA

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