Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

Journal | Communications in Mathematical Physics |
---|---|

Date | Published - Feb 2002 |

Issue number | 2 |

Volume | 225 |

Number of pages | 28 |

Pages (from-to) | 331-359 |

Original language | English |

Quantum fields are well known to violate the weak energy condition of general relativity: the renormalised energy density at any given point is unbounded from below as a function of the quantum state. By contrast, for the scalar and electromagnetic fields it has been shown that weighted averages of the energy density along timelike curves satisfy "quantum weak energy inequalities" (QWEIs) which constitute lower bounds on these quantities. Previously, Dirac QWEIs have been obtained only for massless fields in two-dimensional spacetimes. In this paper we establish QWEIS for the Dirac and Majorana fields of mass m greater than or equal to 0 on general four-dimensional globally hyperbolic spacetimes, averaging along arbitrary smooth timelike curves with respect to any of a large class of smooth compactly supported positive weights. Our proof makes essential use of the microlocal characterisation of the class of Hadamard states, for which the energy density may be defined by point-splitting.

- FLAT SPACETIME, SINGULARITY STRUCTURE, MINKOWSKI SPACETIME, SCALAR FIELD, PROOF, DENSITIES, GRAVITY, THEOREM, BOUNDS, STATES

Find related publications, people, projects, datasets and more using interactive charts.