The Three Laws of Stretched Future Light Cone Mechanics

By Maulik Parikh (Arizona State University)

Friday 15 Jun 2018 , 12:00:00

Place: Aula 507 (Pere Pascual)

E-mail: vicente.atal@icc.ub.edu

We show that there exist local gravitational laws, valid near any point in any spacetime, which take the form of the laws of thermodynamics. To derive these laws, we will define a surface called the stretched future light cone. Then the gravitational entropy is precisely one quarter of the area of this surface. Interestingly, we find that, like the ordinary first law of thermodynamics but unlike its black hole counterpart, our local gravitational first law also contains a work term. The existence of local gravitational laws provides evidence that holographic entropy is a generic local property of spacetime.