Child universes UV regularization? Academic Article uri icon


  • It is argued that high energy density excitations, responsible for UV divergences in quantum field theories, including quantum gravity, are likely to be the source of child universes which carry them out of the original space–time. This decoupling prevents the high UV excitations from having any influence on physical amplitudes. Child universe production could therefore be responsible for UV regularization in quantum field theories which take into account gravitational effects. Finally, we discuss child universe production in the last stages of black hole evaporation, the prediction of the absence of trans-Planckian primordial perturbations, the connection with the minimum length hypothesis, and in particular the connection with the maximal curvature hypothesis.

publication date

  • January 1, 2008