Gravitation, phase transitions, and the big bang

Lawrence M. Krauss

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Introduced here is a model of the early universe based on the possibility of a first-order phase transition involving gravity, and arrived at by a consideration of instabilities in the semiclassical theory. The evolution of the system is very different from the standard Friedmann-Robertson-Walker big-bang scenario, indicating the potential importance of semiclassical finite-temperature gravitational effects. Baryosynthesis and monopole production in this scenario are also outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1459-1462
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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