Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Spacetime instability due to quantum gravity
Center of Mathematics, Federal University of ABC, Santo André, Brazil
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Accepted: 17 May 2019
Published online: 28 May 2019
We show that quantum gravity yields exponentially growing gravitational waves. Without a mechanism to stop these modes from growing, the universe would go through a gravitational collapse. For Minkowski background, we propose a solution by choosing an integration contour in Fourier space that does not enclose the problematic modes, thus preventing them from showing up in the effective theory. It turns out that this is only possible when the modes are removed altogether. For an expanding universe, we argue that the runaway modes can be managed accordingly to the dynamics of the Hubble constant, leading to important implications for astrophysics.
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