Breakdown of the equivalence between passive gravitational mass and energy for a quantum body

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Abstract

It is shown that passive gravitational mass operator of a hydrogen atom in the post-Newtonian approximation of general relativity does not commute with its energy operator, taken in the absence of a gravitational field. Nevertheless, the equivalence between the expectation values of passive gravitational mass and energy is shown to survive at a macroscopic level for stationary quantum states. Breakdown of the equivalence between passive gravitational mass and energy at a microscopic level for stationary quantum states can be experimentally detected by studying unusual electromagnetic radiation, emitted by the atoms, supported and moved in the Earth gravitational field with constant velocity using spacecraft or satellite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOn Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Astrophysics and Relativistic Field Theories
PublisherWorld Scientific
Pages1953-1955
Number of pages3
Edition210699
ISBN (Print)9789814612142
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015
Event13th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation, and Relativistic Field Theories, MG13 2012 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: Jul 1 2015Jul 7 2015

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Other13th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation, and Relativistic Field Theories, MG13 2012
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period7/1/157/7/15

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Keywords

  • Equivalence principle
  • Mass-energy equivalence
  • Quantum gravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Lebed, A. G. (2015). Breakdown of the equivalence between passive gravitational mass and energy for a quantum body. In On Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Astrophysics and Relativistic Field Theories (210699 ed., pp. 1953-1955). World Scientific. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814623995_0326