Quantum gravitational effects on statistical mechanics

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Lopez Vega, Juan Manuel
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Physics and Astonomy
Nowadays, the development of a consistent theory of quantum gravity (QG) continues to be one of the biggest challenges in physics, which has resulted in a number of potential candidates that have not been tested yet. However, phenomenology has joined this task in search of manifestations of the quantum effects of space-time. In particular, the generalized uncertainty principle (GUP) modifies the uncertainty relation between momentum and position, making room for a minimal length, as predicted by candidate theories of QG. Inspired by the GUP, we derive Planck's distribution by considering a new quantization of the electromagnetic field. We elaborate on the thermodynamics of the blackbody resulting from Wien's law and the Stefan-Boltzmann law. We demonstrate that such thermodynamic laws are modified by the presence of a minimal length. Furthermore, we consider a momentum scale in classical statistical mechanics to see its potential effects in the construction of the microcanonical ensemble.
quantum gravity phenomenology , GUP , black body radiation , statistical ensemble , Quantum gravity , Blackbody radiation , Statistical mechanics , Phenomenology theory (Physics) , Dissertations, Academic