Generalized second law in cosmology from causal boundary entropy

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Abstract

A classical and quantum mechanical generalized second law of thermodynamics in cosmology implies constraints on the effective equation of state of the universe in the form of energy conditions, obeyed by many known cosmological solutions, forbids certain cosmological singularities, and is compatible with entropy bounds. This second law is based on the conjecture that causal boundaries and not only event horizons have geometric entropies proportional to their area. In string cosmology the second law provides new information about nonsingular solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2072-2075
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume84
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000

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