Thermodynamics of scalar-tensor gravity

9 Mar 2021  ·  Valerio Faraoni, Andrea Giusti ·

Previously, the Einstein equation has been described as an equation of state, general relativity as the equilibrium state of gravity, and $f({\cal R})$ gravity as a non-equilibrium one. We apply Eckart's first order thermodynamics to the effective dissipative fluid describing scalar-tensor gravity... Surprisingly, we obtain simple expressions for the effective heat flux, "temperature of gravity", shear and bulk viscosity, and entropy density, plus a generalized Fourier law in a consistent Eckart thermodynamical picture. Well-defined notions of temperature and approach to equilibrium, missing in the current thermodynamics of spacetime scenarios, naturally emerge. read more

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General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology High Energy Physics - Theory