Ridgway, Stuart Alexander (1992) Wormholes in Euclidean quantum gravity. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12082008-100051
I present a summary of the developments in wormhole physics. I then investigate the (Euclidean time) decay of axion charge that occurs in a 3-sphere of constant volume when there is a small charge violating operator perturbing the Hamiltonian. I demonstrate that in the limit of large Euclidean time T, axion charge decays like CT[superscript -1], where C depends only logarithmically on the coefficient of the charge-violating operator. I apply this result to axionic wormholes, and argue that small wormholes will destabilize large wormholes because of this charge decay. In another model, I demonstrate the existence of wormhole solutions with topology S[superscript 1]xS[superscript 2]xR. I interpret these wormholes in terms of topological charge violation on flat R[superscript 4].
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||19 May 1992|
|Non-Caltech Author Email:||aridgway (AT) gmail.com|
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|Deposited On:||08 Dec 2008|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 03:12|
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