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Abstract
The current theories of quantum physics and general relativity on their own do not allow us to study situations in which the gravitational source is quantum. Here, we propose a strategy to determine the dynamics of objects in the presence of mass configurations in superposition, and hence an indefinite spacetime metric, using quantum reference frame (QRF) transformations. Specifically, we show that, as long as the mass configurations in the different branches are related via relativedistancepreserving transformations, one can use an extension of the current framework of QRFs to change to a frame in which the mass configuration becomes definite. Assuming covariance of dynamical laws under quantum coordinate transformations, this allows to use known physics to determine the dynamics. We apply this procedure to find the motion of a probe particle and the behavior of clocks near the mass configuration, and thus find the time dilation caused by a gravitating object in superposition. Comparison with other models shows that semiclassical gravity and gravitational collapse models do not obey the covariance of dynamical laws under quantum coordinate transformations.
Original language  English 

Article number  231 
Number of pages  15 
Journal  Communications Physics 
Volume  6 
Issue number  1 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  26 Aug 2023 
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
 103025 Quantum mechanics
 103028 Theory of relativity

Beyond C: Quantum Information Systems Beyond Classical Capabilities
Walther, P., Brukner, C., Briegel, H., Kirchmair, G., Kraus, B., Lechner, W., Monz, T., Weihs, G., Roos, C., Cirac, J. I., Fink, J., Paulovics, V., Dakic, B. & Schuch, N.
1/03/19 → 28/02/27
Project: Research funding
